Posted 1/25/07 6:35:00PM
After his win at UFC Fight Night 24, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson expressed his dislike for John “Doomsday” Howard in what bordered on genuine hatred for another human being. Simply put, Johnson despises Howard, but the only explanation he could give referenced Howard as a part of the female anatomy.
John Howard at UFC 94
The mystery remained as to why there is such a passionate beef, but MMAWeekly.com caught up with Doomsday to add some clarity to the situation. According to Howard, the source of the problem stems from a proposed fight that never happened.
The two welterweights were set to square off at the inaugural UFC on Versus show in March of 2010. Ultimately, Johnson had to pull out of the fight due to injury, but when the bout was originally offered, Howard had his reservations because he wanted to slowly work his way through the division before jumping into a big match-up.
“He started the beef about a year ago,” Howard explained. “What happened was, (the UFC) offered the fight to me for my second fight in the UFC. And I told them, ‘no, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’m still new in the UFC and I still want to be making some money out of it, and don’t want to be fighting some of the top 20 guys already.’ He took it like, oh, I was scared, I’m a (expletive), I’m a (expletive) and all this. And then call me a ‘cotton picker.’
“I got really uptight about that.”
Johnson apparently thought that Howard’s reservations made Doomsday a coward, but it was the use of the term “cotton picker” that fueled Howard’s rage, blanketing him with the feeling of being disrespected in one of the worst ways he can think of.
It’s because of this, Howard now detests “Rumble” Johnson.
“The beef is real,” Howard confirmed. “I can’t stand that cat. I hate that kid. The feeling is mutual.”
Despite pulling out a win this past weekend in Seattle, Johnson has been criticised for not putting more emphasis on his stand-up striking ability, and instead choosing to utilize his wrestling attributes during the fight. One of those critics is Howard.
Apparently, Howard believes Johnson made a point to say he was going to trade shots on the feet with Hardy, but did nothing of the sort during the bout.
“He talks all this (expletive), ‘yo, I’m going to stand and bang,’” he said. “What’d he do? He (expletive) out and took him down. I’m not saying it wasn’t a smart strategy. Maybe it was, but don’t come up like, ‘oh, I’m going to stand and bang. I’m a hardcore mother (expletive).’ And then when push comes to shove, you take down and you go the (expletive) way out.
“At least, when I fought Thiago, yes, Thiago beat me, but I stood and banged with a mother (expletive).”
With so much beef and tension, Howard explains that he would welcome an opportunity to take on Johnson. He would prefer it happens in the Octagon, but made a notion that he would open the doors to his gym in Boston if necessary. It’s a fight that has little to do with making his way up the rankings, and more so to do with hurting Johnson. Win or lose, Howard just wants to make sure he gets his shots in.
“Yeah, I definitely want to shut that dude up, man,” he said. “It’s one of those fights where I don’t care about winning or losing. I just want to smash this dude. I think it’s better to (have it) happen in the UFC before it gets to the streets. That’s how bad it is between me and him. I don’t like this kid.
In addition, Howard feels Johnson’s determination to cut so much weight to fight at 170-pounds stems from wanting to pick on people smaller than him.
“I think he’s a big bully. That’s why he cuts so much weight,” Howard said of Johnson. “That’s why he fights guys five times smaller than him. Unfortunately, with me, I’m not that small. Where I come from, I don’t give a (expletive). The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”
Although there are no clear plans in the works for a Johnson-Howard showdown, it’s clear the two would like to fight each other. As days go by, tension will grow and attitudes will show, making the possibility of this match-up stronger and stronger. For now, Howard says he’s lifting weights and staying in shape, but knows that the more Johnson talks, the rougher the situation will become.
“It’s about to get real ugly.”
Posted 3/23/11 3:38:00PM
Sweet, let it happen, I want to see Rumble get KO'd
Posted 6/18/09 8:26:00AM
I do wonder about a fighters intentions when he insists on cutting that much weight to fight in a lower weight class. On one hand I can understand that it's a fight and a career and you want to win so will give yourself every advantage to do so....but I also feel that having a massive size advantage negates a lot of the skills your oppoent has worked hard to gain. So in a way, it's kinda unfair.
Posted 3/23/11 3:38:00PM
All good points.
Posted 1/16/07 1:02:00AM
It does take a ton of work and discipline to be able to cut massive amounts of weight and there is something to be said for that too.
Posted 7/19/07 12:28:00AM
Crazy, sounds like it could be a good fight. Why would Johnson call him a cotton picker lol
Posted 3/23/11 3:38:00PM
It's a mystery to us all why he called him that.
Posted 2/1/11 3:41:00PM
This would be a fun fight to watch. I see Johnson taking it though.
Posted 9/24/10 8:39:00PM
Howard has balls, but Johnson would knock him out cold. As for the beef between the two, it just seems to be alpha male vs. alpha male. Both are aggressive guys in and outside the ring, and they just rub each other the wrong way. A lot of fighters do this at some point in their career, they create rivals. Such as..
As for Johnson cutting weight, it's just all part of the game.. Almost every fighter cuts weight and fights at a lower weight class. It all just depends on how much they think they can cut. One example is Joe Riggs. The guy started out as a Heavyweight and made it all the way down to Lightweight. Another example is the first season of TUF. Most of the guys from that season have moved down a division, such as Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, and Kenny Florian. Also, just because Johnson is fighting smaller guys doesn't mean he doesn't has disadvantages, such as cardio and loss of strength.
Posted 3/8/08 5:44:00PM
I really like both of these guys, I think they will respect each other afterward one way or another. I personally think it's too much risk without enough reward for Rumble and he's getting to emotional about one guy.
Posted 7/5/07 11:42:00PM
They better sign this fight!!
I doubt rumble will lay on him for three rounds
They will bang it out till someone falls!!!