There aren’t many fighters out there who can claim to have competed in four different divisions as is the case when discussing the career of WSOF 2 headliner Anthony Johnson. An over-sized UFC welterweight, “Rumble” dabbled in the middleweight division after being released before deciding to move up to light heavyweight where he finally feels comfortable. Though tonight’s tilt against Andrei Arlovski is coming at heavyweight, Johnson wants his fans to know he plans on moving back down to 205 pounds for his next bout barring another special circumstance.
“Unless (my bosses) ask me to take another fight at heavyweight, this is probably my one and only fight at heavyweight right now. 205 is still where I want to be. It is still my home, so we’ll see,” said Johnson in a conference call with media.
His comments were captured by MMAWeekly.
Johnson clocked in at 230 pounds yesterday but isn’t concerned about the added bulk affecting his performance in the cage. After all, it’s essentially the same size he is after re-hydrating once he’s weighed in for a light heavyweight effort.
“Everything is still there, the speed, the power. It is still there. I’m still an athlete,” he explained. “I don’t’ feel like I’m sacrificing anything except height. I believe Andrei is bigger than me, just a little bit heavier than me, but overall that’s it.”
Fans can catch Johnson (14-4) and Arlovski (19-9) collide on NBC Sports at some point after 9:30 PM EST when the main card broadcast begins.
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