Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has been a busy man over the last month. After hardly breaking a sweat in his first round KO victory over Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104, “Rumble” is now set to take on a man who is known for staying busy in the fight game himself, Josh Koscheck. While much of the talk after his last fight centered around his inability to make weight, Johnson is confident that there will be a different story to tell after his performance on Saturday night.
“I’m 180 right now. I’ll step on the scale at 171 or less, I promise you that,” Johnson told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fanhouse about his weight situation.
Johnson also added that there was no hesitation on his part when he was offered to fight for a second time in less than one month.
“I said yes right away,” Johnson stated. “I talked to my coaches to get their approval and they said let’s do it.”
The fight with Koscheck will no doubt be his biggest test to date, but Johnson seems unfazed by the spotlight.
“I just go with the flow,” he said. “If they want me to be the first fight of the night, I’m down with that. If they want me to be the main event, the co-main event, whatever, I’m down with it. As long as I’m fighting, it’s all good.”
“Rumble” admitted that Kocheck was a great fighter, and is excited about the opportunity to fight a big name like Koscheck for the first time in his career.
“Josh is an excellent athlete and a great fighter,” he stated. “I remember watching him on The Ultimate Fighter, and now I’m fighting him. Just talking about it gets my adrenaline pumping.”
The two fighters actually trained together a couple years ago, but Johnson said there was nothing he could take from those sparring sessions and use in this fight, as both fighters have evolved so dramatically in such a short time.
“He’s changed 100% and I’ve changed 100%,” he noted. “He’s a striker too now, and a good wrestler. He’s a threat no matter what.”
As for a prediction on how his fight will go tomorrow night, Johnson let out his best Bruce Buffer impersonation by declaring, “And your winner, by knockout, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson!”
Anthony Johnson will get his chance to make that prediction come true when he squares off against Josh Koscheck in the co-main event of UFC 106 this Saturday night from The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.