As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Now that former UFC welterweight/middleweight Anthony Johnson has had an opportunity to look back on his career the words couldn’t ring more true, as “Rumble” has finally admitted he made a mistake by not accepting the division his body’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.
“Now that I sit back and think about it, it should have happened a long time ago,” said Johnson of his move to 205 pounds in an interview with Sherdog. “But things don’t happen until they’re supposed to happen, so I guess right now is the right time for it to happen.”
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.
“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. Now I’m just happy. I’m happy now, smiling every day in the gym,” admitted Johnson. “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.”
The 11-4 Johnson currently calls Titan FC home where he’s 1-0, picking up a decision win over Dave Branch this past May.
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