Light heavyweight Anthony Johnson is set to return to the ring this Saturday night at WSOF 1 where he’ll look for his fourth straight win since being released by the UFC. “Rumble” is scheduled to face Bellator veteran DJ Linderman, a fighter who has finished eight of the thirteen opponents he’s beaten and has expressed an interest in making Johnson the ninth.
However, Johnson is far from intimidated by the prospect of facing an aggressive adversary come showtime, making it clear he’s also out to earn a stoppage in the scrap.
“With this fight, I plan on finishing it. That’s just how we train at my gym. We train to finish people no matter what. If I get on the ground, Mario Sperry taught me to control, damage and then submit the person, so that’s what I’ll do on the ground,” said Johnson in an interview with MMAWeekly. “If I’m standing up, of course I’m going to put that pressure and as soon as you open up, I’m going to force you to give me an opening and then make a mistake, and as soon as you make a mistake, most likely you’ll find out you’re on your back counting sheep.”
Regardless of what Linderman brings, the 13-4 Johnson is confident he can handle it after honing his craft in Florida with the renowned Blackzilian camp.
“If he wants to (strike), that’s fine with me. I hope he does. If he wants to do that, more power to him. If he wants to go to the ground and wrestle, more power to him.”
The November 3 card, also marking the first event from the World Series of Fighting promotion, is scheduled to air on NBC Sports and features fights from the likes of Gesias Cavalcante, Tyrone Spong, Miguel Torres, and Andrei Arlovski.
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