Anthony Johnson deserves to be in the UFC. He is a warrior who has proven in the past that he can go to war with just about anyone in MMA. In the near future, Rumble will be a player in the UFC light heavyweight division. The only problem is that the UFC has put him in a bout that he just can’t win. Phil Davis will be too much for Johnson come Saturday night.
Since being released from the UFC, Johnson has yet to lose a fight. He went the distance against a bigger Andrei Arlovski and knocked out Mike Kyle in his past two fights under the WSOF banner. There is no denying that Johnson has improved since moving to light heavyweight and training with the Blackzillans.
Johnson is a striker, and a lethal one at that. The only problem is that he won’t be on his feet long enough to strike with Davis. The fight will go to the ground on Davis’ terms (which will probably be sooner rather than later) and from there, he will tire Johnson out. With cardio being one of Johnson’s biggest enemies, it will only be a matter of time before he wears down with Davis’ constant pressure.
Lucky for Johnson, a loss to Davis’ may not be all that bad. “Rumble” is the type of fighter that should have been brought up the ladder a little bit slower instead of being thrown to the wolves against a top-five fighter.
In his return bout, a fight against Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa or someone just outside the top-10 would have made more sense for Johnson. If he is defeated, those are the types of guys he will be fighting before he makes his way up back up the ladder.