It has been two years since Anthony Johnson stepped foot inside the octagon and lost by rear-naked choke to Vitor Belfort. Since that time, he has rolled off six wins and ended four by KO/TKO. It is time for Johnson to make his way back to the UFC. There are some fighters who just seem to belong in the limelight, and Johnson is one of those fighters.
It’s no secret that Johnson had success against the elite level of the UFC’s welterweight competition and was actually competing against Belfort before his cardio failed him and he was submitted. He could definitely be an interesting addition to a division that is beginning to run a little low on talent (outside of the fantastic four that is Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira).
Since dedicating himself to the Blackzilian camp and training with some of the best strikers in the business, Johnson’s stand up has improved greatly (which is saying something). He seems more technical now rather than his careless, wild striking abilities that he showed during his welterweight days. The shot he landed on Mike Kyle was picture perfect.
With his contract rumored to be expiring soon, Johnson will ultimately have a decision to make. He may decide to stay with WSOF, which would almost guarantee him a chance to be champion, or (if offered) he could go to the UFC and make decent money in the larger promotion.
Outside of second-tier organizations, Johnson’s chances at winning the title are low. He still needs work on his ground game, but if he is offered a contract by the UFC, he should take the opportunity. His gunslinger mentality is always a fan favorite style of fighting.