Anthony Johnson will be challenging UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier for the gold in a rematch at UFC 210.
Johnson has been labeled by some as a one round fighter for his high risk, high pace output, but it's no skin off his nose.
“(The) majority of the community believes I’m just a first-round fighter because most of my fights end in the first round,” Johnson said on a UFC 210 conference call. “They’re entitled to their own opinion, and that’s fine with me. I have nothing to prove to anybody except myself, so if (Cormier) wants to believe that and everyone else wants to believe that, that’s completely fine with me.”
The “one round fighter” will be looking to avenge a loss he suffered to Cormier at UFC 187.
If he is to walk away successful the second time around, the challenger knows he has to play his own game.
“I’ve just got to go out there and be myself and do what I do,” Johnson said. “If I hit him one time, and he drops, then I’ll go after him again. If I hit him again, he’s definitely in trouble from the second punch, or punch or kick or whatever it is. Daniel, he has a great chin, he’s a great athlete, so he won’t be easy by any means necessary.”
UFC 210 takes place on Saturday, April 8 from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York with Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson headlining. Fightful will be providing live coverage of the show, with a post-fight podcast to follow.