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UFC on FOX 18: Anthony Johnson hopes to challenge himself vs. Jon Jones with win over ‘awesome’ Ryan Bader

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Anthony Johnson looks to get back in the title picture as he gears up to face Ryan Bader — perhaps the hottest fighter in the light heavyweight division — on January 30, 2016 in the main event of UFC on FOX 18 in Newark, N.J.

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A victory over “Darth” won’t necessarily guarantee him a shot at the strap, but it will give him two wins in a row and help his case should he decide to lobby for another championship bout. And in his perfect scenario, he’d face Jon Jones in a five round world title fight.

His words on UFC.com:

“I want to fight DC again, but at the end of the day, Jon is the original champion and he’s still the champion in my eyes. So I definitely want a chance to fight him. He’s the greatest ever at light heavyweight, and I’m all about challenges, so I want to see what I have to offer Jon Jones and I want to test myself and see what I can do against a guy of that caliber.”

First things first, as “Rumble” knows he has a stiff test ahead of him in Bader, who has won five fights in a row and is hungry to finally get his first shot at UFC gold.

But, if you think there’s going to be a heavy does of trash talk and animosity ahead of their 205-pound showdown, your highly-mistaken, as Anthony says he has nothing but good things to say about his “awesome” foe.

“He’s improving day in and day out. He used to just be a wrestler, but he knows how to strike now, he knows how to mix it up very well, he’s got good stamina and he’s a strong guy and a big guy who moves very ….View full article

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