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Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson in the works for March

When Anthony “Rumble” Johnson finally makes his return to the Octagon since being tapped out by Josh Koscheck in November 2009, then subsequently sidelined with injuries, it appears he won’t receive any semblance of a warm-up fight helping re-acclimate him to competition in the Octagon. In fact, it looks like he’ll be facing a “Top 10” opponent who is a single bout removed from going five-rounds with Georges St. Pierre.

According to MMAFighting, the 26-year old has accepted a scrap with colorful Brit Dan Hardy for March 2011 at a yet-to-be-announced event with Hardy’s camp agreeing to the match-up as well.

Johnson was considered to be the future of the welterweight division after knocking out five foes in the UFC but has seen his reputation tarnished with the year-long break and related weight-gain after falling to Koscheck at UFC 106, as well as a few stumbles in the cage such as a TKO loss on the heels of an illegal eye-poke to Kevin Burns and a submission defeat to Rich Clementi in a bout he took on late notice. However, he holds wins over Luigi Fioravanti and Yoshiyuki Yoshida and remains a constant threat to any adversary based on his underrated wrestling, athleticism, and powerful striking.

In the form of Hardy, “Rumble” will be taking on an opponent comparable to Koscheck as far as in-ring success as well as an individual hungry for a win after dropping back-to-back fights. The Nottingham native is coming off a knockout loss to Carlos Condit – the first TKO of his career – in addition to being thoroughly out-pointed by GSP at UFC 111 but holds 23-8 overall record with victories over Mike Swick, Marcus Davis, and Akihiro Gono.

While three events are currently linked to March of next year, the specific card targeted for Hardy vs. Davis is Fight Night 24 on March 26. The show is scheduled for Seattle and also has a bout between Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira attached to the headlining slot.

12 COMMENTS
  • JOEgun says:

    Anthony Johnson by manslaughter!

    hope he doesnt struggle making weight though

  • MCM says:

    I thought Rumble was taking his next fight at 185? I saw some pics of him with King Mo and Brett Rogers and he looks like he’s walking around at HW now. Hope he can get the weight off as this could be a really good show. But I’m gonna go with Hardy by close Dec.

  • stone says:

    Rumble all the way! Give him a title shot after the easy KO win!… Let’s see GSP clear out the division 4 REAL!

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    Rumble is going to demolish Dan “The BMX-er” Hardly.

  • Creature says:

    Wow i really dislike Hardy. it looks like me may be getting cut soon. 3 losses in a row isnt gonna impress dana

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Johnson will dispose of the cocky brit once and for all-hopefully

  • LiverPunch says:

    I see Rumble winning this. Hardy will not be dropped. A Brit that is cocky , sells tickets and pay per views in Europe and stands and bangs has to sleep with Dana’s wife before he gets cut.
    If he loses expect him to be put across the cage from Baroni or somebody similar.

  • madheartmma says:

    Love this fight, but after this, Rumble has got to move up…he’s huge…oh wait after he fights GSP, that’ll give motivation to move up.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    anyone who thinks that johnson won’t take out this brash talkin creature is sadly mistaken-end of sentence

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    “A Brit that is cocky , sells tickets and pay per views in Europe and stands and bangs has to sleep with Dana’s wife before he gets cut.”

    Or punch Kos after bell.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I dislike Hardy… hope rumble rocks him.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Bad matchup for Hardy-His style plays right into “rumbles” strengths

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