Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) has come back to the UFC with a vengeance.
He returned in April at UFC 172 and rolled over elite competitor Phil Davis via unanimous decision at UFC 172 then beat the brakes off of “Lil Nog” Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on Fox 12 by way of ridiculous hand speed and making more connections than AT&T to the face of the famed Brazilian and put him away in 44 seconds.
Rumble is now ranked 5th in the UFC but he’s not content with his spot in line.
He’s ready to move up.
Gustafsson is ready for his second crack at the belt.
Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson was primed for his rematch with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.
But he hurt his knee and was replaced by Daniel Cormier who actually needed knee surgery.
Then irony struck.
Jon Jones had to withdraw from the bout because he hurt his knee in training.
“The Mauler” wants to wait around and leave his hands idle until after the bout between Jones and Cormier is over.
Anthony Johnson wants to use his hands for something else.
UFC President Dana White likes to hear when a fighter wants to fight.
Dana White does not like to hear when a fighter wants to stay idle.
White agrees with Johnson and wants to make the fight between Gustafsson and Anthony happen.
Rumble then went to his facebook page to address The Mauler and officially challenge him to a match-up.
Here’s what Anthony Johnson said;
@AlexTheMauler I respect you as a fighter but this is business. @danawhite said our fight makes sense. There’s nobody left for us to fight plus the fans are begging for us to fight so let’s give the fans what they wanna see!
In his defense a fight between the two would be something the fans would want to see and would properly determine an adequate number 1 contender for the UFC 205 pound strap.