Former training buddies now verbal sparring partners, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) and Alistair Overeem (37-14-1) have shared their negative opinions about each other as of late. First ‘Reem called Johnson a pu#$% and Anthony returned the favor.
This was all ahead of Alistair’s bout with Ben Rothwell over last weekend in which just like every fight in the UFC it seems, Overeem will get ahead and look good then get knocked out. This time he was TKO’d in 2 minutes.
Anthony Johnson weighed in on the bout on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour.
“I mean, it is what it is,” UFC light heavyweight contender and Overeem’s former Blackzilian teammate Anthony Johnson said. “To me he looked fast, he looked strong at first, but I think he always starts that way, real crisp, and then he gets too comfortable and, you know, that’s when all this happens.”
“He’s still one of the top heavyweights in the world, in my opinion,” Johnson added. “I don’t think they’re going to get rid of him. I mean, he’s still going to sell tickets. People want to see him either win or lose, you know what I’m saying? It’s not like when Anderson (Silva) was fighting or GSP was fighting, when Chuck (Liddell) was fighting. They wanted to see those guys dominate somebody. With him, they almost want to see him get beat up now, because of things he’s done or things he’s said, or whatever. (He) got caught up with some stuff that just changed people’s view of him.”
Anthony Johnson is coming off an absolute drubbing over former Brazilian boxing champion where he knocked out Rogerio Noguiera in 44 seconds at UFC on Fox 12. Johnson has only fought at Heavyweight once but he ousted former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski via decision. It’s also worth taking note that Arlovksi has returned to the octagon and over this past weekend he took out Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in about 3 minutes at their headline bout a UFC Fight Night 51.
Alistair Overeem has fought at Light Heavyweight before in Pride and his most notable victory at that weight came against current UFC Middleweight number 1 contender “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort. Overeem moved up to Heavyweight full time in 2007.
Anthony Johnson went on to challenge the Heavyweight Overeem respectively.
“I’ll fight him, I don’t care. I’ve already trained with him before,” Johnson said. “Why not? To me it’s just a fight. If the fans want to see it, I’m down to do it. I ain’t said no to any fight ever.”
“I’d meet him at a catchweight,” Johnson went on to propose. “If he wanted to meet me at 225, let’s do it. Or whatever, 220, I’d do that. Or I’d meet at 230 at the dot, if he was down to go that far. Let’s do it. Even if I fought him, it’s a dangerous fight. He’s still got weapons that are crazy. He was hitting Ben with some crazy knees. He’s a dangerous fighter still, but I’d definitely test him.”