Anthony Johnson dominated Dan Hardy last month at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis, but the fight was far from the stand up war both men promised. Johnson spent the bout repeatedly taking Hardy down and establishing dominant positions over the Brit, a strategy which Hardy said caused the fight to be “boring.”
“F–k Dan Hardy,” said Johnson in a recent interview (props to MMAMania for the transcription). “It ain’t my fault he can’t wrestle.
“I just used his weakness against him,” he continued. “If that’s what caused the fight to be boring than oh well, make it fun and stand on the feet and don’t let me take you down.
“Rumble” knocked Hardy down with a head kick in the early goings of the bout. Despite the success with the kick and a few submission attempts, Johnson seemed perfectly content to out-grapple Hardy to a win.
“I always knew how to wrestle and of course I knew how to strike; I just plan on mixing it up more,” he said. “This is one of those fights where, I just used somebody’s weakness against them finally and now the world hates it.”
In the same way and for the same reason that Georges St. Pierre stacked the odds in his favor against Hardy by continually putting the Brit on his back, Johnson kept Hardy horizontal: because that’s where he’s proven to be the least effective.
“Dan is tough, I mean he’s still a friend, regardless if he said the fight was boring. You can’t get upset cause I used his weakness against him and that was my strength. Who wouldn’t do that, you know what I mean? If I can’t stop somebody’s right hand, why the hell would they stop throwing that right hand at me, you know what I mean? That’s part of the game, it’s called mixed martial arts and I’m just trying to be more of a well-rounded fighter.”
With the win, Johnson improves his record to 12-3. Despite defeating a man who was fighting for the title just over a year ago, “Rumble” realizes that he is not in title contention and is open to fighting anyone that the promotion has for him.
“I just want to fight. I don’t care anymore who I fight. I’m to the point now where it’s like, it is what it is, they throw me out a name and I’m like, ‘alright, I’ll fight them, no matter who it is.'”
You can watch the full interview with “Rumble” below:
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.