As they prepare to meet for a second time this weekend in the main event of UFC 210, that initial blow and the trio of punishing knockout finishes Johnson has amassed since stand as Exhibits A through D for pundits and fans making the case for a new champion being crowned in Buffalo. The main card airs live on pay-per-view (PPV) at 10 p.m. ET.
In the latest vid, cameras follow light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson as they make the media rounds, in advance of their headlining fight, Saturday.
Johnson kept his cool during the call but fired back at Cormier when speaking to FOX Sports a day later.
Johnson was overpowered and worn down by the light heavyweight king, but rejected the notion Cormier broke his mind.
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It's not as though Johnson has given him a different look. That's a very significant move as the early money reflects the betting market believed the wrong man was made the favorite. "As I address these people in here, I say to you: Guys, I've been sober; I haven't done all these things; I didn't wreck my vehicle; I haven't been suspended; I didn't get stripped of my championship". You'll never see me do that. "He fought safe but then he came up looking like [expletive]", Johnson said. At least not next week in Buffalo or until one of them manages to step into the octagon with Jones and get their hand raised when the fight is done.
Roach, who is one of the most highly-regarded boxing coaches in the world and has been training St. Pierre, told Helwani that St. Pierre has signed a three-fight deal with a clear plan of fighting Conor McGregor in the final match of the contract.
Both Cormier and Johnson have also been burned by Jones' indiscretions outside the octagon. But like Gustafsson, Johnson is only focused on his fight that is scheduled. Of course there is no sure thing and crystal ball to help look into the future and surely know how the fight will go down, but the opportunity to make a few dollars is certainly there. He'll try to keep Johnson against the cage, in the clinch, and secure take-downs in an attempt to avoid his powerful striking. He has been on a tear in his previous three fights, with his last two victories coming in the first round. "That's one unsafe, risky man".
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