Riding high from his victory over Gleison Tibau, Michael Johnson said he’s ready to fight anybody.
“I want the belt, and I want it pretty soon,” Johnson told MMAJunkie Radio. “I’m going to keep winning fights to do it.”
The lightweight division’s upper echelon fighters are just about all booked as of now but Johnson stated that it doesn’t matter who is next. “I’m really not in the business of calling people out, I want anybody who is in front of me. If you’re in front of me, if you’re in a position in front of me, I want to fight you.”
Johnson’s record may be a bit deceiving since a rough transition from 2012 to 2013 watched him drop two consecutive fights to unranked opponents, lowering his stock. Now he rides two straight wins over very tough opponents in Tibau and Joe Lauzon back in August.
Johnson utilizes a strong mental state when pondering his most recent losses as he puts the past aside to make for a motivated title run. “Those losses don’t mean anything to me,” Johnson said. “They’re just lessons. I might as well get through them early. Then when I’m at the top, those losses won’t happen.”
A step up for Johnson is warranted with his previous two victories as he jumps in to a shark tank in the top of an absolutely stacked division.
Against Tibau, Johnson (14-8) controlled the pace and broke Tibau down until he was able to finish him a little under two minutes in the second round.
With the knockout over Tibau, Johnson did what no man could in the past seven years, finish him with strikes. The last to do so was Nate Diaz in 2006.
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