White: Anthony Johnson a contender, but needs another fight

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FastKnockout
7/27/14 2:30:52AM
SAN JOSE – Anthony Johnson might have the UFC’s awe, but the 30-year-old fighter is not quite a title contender yet, according to UFC President Dana White.

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FastKnockout
7/27/14 2:31:22AM
Bader vs. OSP winner
State_Champ
7/27/14 7:41:42AM
Johnson vs Gustafsson, PLEASE.
prozacnation1978
7/27/14 7:46:44AM
No need to rush it since gus has next title shot
Goatenstein
7/27/14 8:35:30AM

Posted by State_Champ

Johnson vs Gustafsson, PLEASE.

The UFC really shouldn't be killing off legitimate contenders anymore. Better off giving each guy a fight with an enhancement talent as main events for Fight Pass cards.
State_Champ
7/27/14 9:19:14AM

Posted by Goatenstein


Posted by State_Champ

Johnson vs Gustafsson, PLEASE.

The UFC really shouldn't be killing off legitimate contenders anymore. Better off giving each guy a fight with an enhancement talent as main events for Fight Pass cards.



Are you saying you don't want to see Gus vs Anthony?
UFC_Fanatic
7/27/14 10:21:10AM

Posted by State_Champ


Posted by Goatenstein


Posted by State_Champ

Johnson vs Gustafsson, PLEASE.

The UFC really shouldn't be killing off legitimate contenders anymore. Better off giving each guy a fight with an enhancement talent as main events for Fight Pass cards.



Are you saying you don't want to see Gus vs Anthony?



I know I'd love to see that fight. That said, I agree with the match up mentioned above of St. Preux vs Bader winner. I believe I mentioned that fight as a possibility in the results thread too, along with Rua as possibility though I'm not sure if I see it happening.
emfleek
7/27/14 10:22:32AM
Weak division. Has to be the winner of Bader/OSP. Nothing else makes sense.
sbulldavid
7/27/14 10:43:13AM
Glover Texeira
JoeWarren33
7/27/14 10:59:52AM

Posted by sbulldavid

Glover Texeira



Agree with this. OSP/Bader is a step down for AJ. Think Glover is better overall and would put on a more entertaining show.
postman
7/27/14 11:43:04AM

Posted by sbulldavid

Glover Texeira



Yeah I'd say Glover. Too bad he trains with Rashad
isk
7/27/14 11:57:19AM
That KO last night was like watching Diego/Guida, only with much more accuracy and power. Brutal stuff.

I agree that Teixeira would be a great next opponent for Rumble, and that OSP or Bader would be a step down. OSP's talented but still developing, and Bader's overall around the same level as Phil Davis (less grapply, more punchy).

Would love to see Gus vs Rumble eventually, but I want to see Jones vs Gus 2 more. No need to rush it.
airkerma
7/27/14 12:28:42PM

Posted by State_Champ


Posted by Goatenstein


Posted by State_Champ

Johnson vs Gustafsson, PLEASE.

The UFC really shouldn't be killing off legitimate contenders anymore. Better off giving each guy a fight with an enhancement talent as main events for Fight Pass cards.



Are you saying you don't want to see Gus vs Anthony?


Yes. No sense putting rumble against someone who is currently injured and next in line for a title shot. I'd like to see him ruin osp/bader and then a title eliminator bout. Why not glover vs Davis and then winner vs rumble, assuming glover wins?
emfleek
7/27/14 12:29:51PM
Glover/Rumble would be great but winners aren't typically matched up with someone coming off a loss.

I'd pay to see it though, for sure.
frizzzlecake
7/27/14 1:39:49PM
the more I think about it the more OSP/Bader winner make sense.

Not the fight I want, but the fight we need.
prozacnation1978
7/27/14 2:23:22PM
Have him face Bader vs osp winner on Fox card in Dec
tildengolfer
7/27/14 2:38:20PM
I like the Glover matchup, a great main event for a free card or comain for a ppv. But the reality of it is that Rumble is ATLEAST two fights away from a title shot. I see him finishing the next guy and getting a contender fight against someone, maybe Gusty after he's healed?
State_Champ
7/27/14 3:07:33PM

Posted by airkerma


Posted by State_Champ


Posted by Goatenstein


Posted by State_Champ

Johnson vs Gustafsson, PLEASE.

The UFC really shouldn't be killing off legitimate contenders anymore. Better off giving each guy a fight with an enhancement talent as main events for Fight Pass cards.



Are you saying you don't want to see Gus vs Anthony?


Yes. No sense putting rumble against someone who is currently injured and next in line for a title shot. I'd like to see him ruin osp/bader and then a title eliminator bout. Why not glover vs Davis and then winner vs rumble, assuming glover wins?




No reason not to give him Glover/Davis winner, but I'd still rather see Gus vs Rumble. Seems like a more fun fight to me.

The heart wants what it wants.
xdanish020
7/27/14 3:38:21PM

Posted by FastKnockout

Bader vs. OSP winner



First thing that came to my mind too, but maybe even a Gustafsson match up if he is healthy to go by the end of the year.
GDPofMPG
7/28/14 1:44:05PM

Posted by sbulldavid

Glover Texeira



This is the fight to make.
gearproboxing
7/29/14 3:14:22AM
Anthony Johnson still needs another fight to get into that (level),” White told MMAjunkie at the event’s press conference.
“When I got cut from the UFC, that was the day I was like, ‘I can’t do this any more. I’m making myself look like a fool.’ I was hurting my team, I was hurting my team, and I was hurting myself. Sooner or later, you’ve got to grow up and listen. I think along the two years I was away from the UFC, I grew up a little bit.
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