As the saying goes, â€œHindsight is 20/20.â€ Now that former UFC welterweight/middleweight Anthony Johnson has had an opportunity to look back on his career the words couldnâ€™t ring more true, as â€œRumbleâ€ has finally admitted he made a mistake by not accepting the division his bodyâ€™s frame was built for.
Johnson failed to make weight a number of times in the UFC and was ultimately released from the organization as a result of botching a cut before a co-headlining clash with Vitor Belfort earlier this year.
â€œNow that I sit back and think about it, it should have happened a long time ago,â€ said Johnson of his move to 205 pounds in an interview with Sherdog. â€œBut things donâ€™t happen until theyâ€™re supposed to happen, so I guess right now is the right time for it to happen.â€
With the 28-year old dead set on delivering as a light heavyweight he sees a bright future ahead of him including a possible return to the Octagon.
â€œIâ€™m going to be a fighter thatâ€™s more focused; somebody who has 10X less stress on his head and on his body because I donâ€™t have to worry about how much I have to lose, how much cardio I have to do to make the weight. Now Iâ€™m just happy. Iâ€™m happy now, smiling every day in the gym,â€ admitted Johnson. â€œIâ€™ve just got to keep beating people up and get back in. Thatâ€™s always how it is with the UFC. You get put out, youâ€™ve got to work your ass off to get right back in. Thatâ€™s what I plan on doing.â€
The 11-4 Johnson currently calls Titan FC home where heâ€™s 1-0, picking up a decision win over Dave Branch this past May.
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