When Anthony Johnson takes to the cage for his next fight he’ll do so as a light heavyweight despite the bulk of his past success coming at 170 pounds. However, Johnson’s struggles with making weight have been well-documented including a failed attempt to make 185 pounds for a co-headlining fight at UFC 142. The stumble ultimately resulted in Johnson being cut by the organization, landing in Titan FC, and finally realizing his body was best suited for 205.
Johnson spoke some about his journey to the division in an interview with Sherdog where he revealed his wrestling background and confidence blinded him from the obvious truth in front of his eyes.
“Now that I sit back and think about it, it should have happened a long time ago,” said Johnson of his decision to fight at 205 pounds. “But things don’t happen until they’re supposed to happen, so I guess right now is the right time for it to happen.”
“I’m going to be a fighter that’s more focused; somebody who has 10X less stress on his head and on his body because I don’t have to worry about how much I have to lose, how much cardio I have to do to make the weight,” he continued. “Now I’m just happy. I’m happy now, smiling every day in the gym. I’ve just got to keep beating people up and get back in. That’s always how it is with the UFC. You get put out, you’ve got to work your ass off to get right back in. That’s what I plan on doing.”
There is no specific date/opponent for the 11-4 Johnson’s light heavyweight debut though it is likely he will fight at Titan FC 24 in August.
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