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Old 11-06-2018, 11:06 PM #1
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Default Anthony Johnson says he値l return only for heavyweight bout with Jon Jones or Cormier

As content as Anthony Johnson appears to be with his retirement, there are apparently certain conditions that would make him amenable to a comeback.

Johnson retired in April of last year after his second shot at light heavyweight gold, falling to defending champion Daniel Cormier, the same man who beat him for a vacant title back in May, 2015. The 34-year-old has stuck to his guns since, but on Tuesday he addressed a rumor started by his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show that he would “100 percent” fight again, this time as a heavyweight.

In an Instagram story, “Rumble” wrote that he will come back at heavyweight, but only if former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones moves up to that division first and challenges Cormier for the heavyweight title.

Johnson added, “Jon was always my motivation once I went to 205. Heavyweight would be insane if the three of us were at it again!” Presumably, Johnson is favoring a first-time matchup with Jones, one of the UFC’s most decorated stars, rather than a trilogy bout with Cormier, though his post did not appear to rule that out.

In June 2007, Johnson actually made his debut at 170 pounds where he found some success, but difficulties with the weight cut forced him to move up and he has competed as high as heavyweight. During a second stint with the UFC, Johnson earned two light heavyweight title opportunities on the strength of knockout wins over Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa, Alexander Gustafsson, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

See Johnson’s full statement below:

Yes, it’s true that I’ll come back at heavyweight, but only if Jon fights DC for the title! It’s a personal goal of mine to fight the very best of the best before I truly stop fighting. Jon was always my motivation once I went to 205. Heavyweight would be insane if the three of us were at it again!
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:23 PM #2
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Eh. Stay retired Mr. Johnson. Do your weed business sh^t or w/e.

AJ always had a lot of potential, but I question his heart in some of his fights & in general. All the weight bs earlier on just showed his lack of discipline. And he'd f#ck up your day if you weren't ready for him, but if you gave him any blowback his fire would die down quick. Underwhelming fighter at the tip top level so I don't have any desire to see him vs tip top guys like Jones or DC.

He did f#ck up Gus' day doe lol. I remember that was kinda brutal cuz he beat up Gus right on his home turf & did it easy. I can't imagine how rough that day was for Gus. Can't think of many worse things than getting clobbered all to hell with your whole home country in audience.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:42 PM #3
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When a guy offers to come back for 1 high profile fight, it's a cash grab.

Side note, how fking insane is it that this guy used to make (or tried to make) 170lbs and he could be a legit HW. In fact, as I'm typing this I remember he did fight Arlovski. I can't think of too many other big men, if any at all, that spanned such a range of weight classes.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:28 PM #4
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He smells that nice scent of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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