Anthony Johnson has retired as a professional MMA fighter after being submitted by former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 210.
Volkan Oezdemir may be next to challenge UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, but Johnson doesn’t see a new champion being crowned if the two fought.
“Jon is still at another level,” Johnson said on The MMA Hour. “Jon, man, for sure. That’s just the reality of it. Jon would win, I know that, but Volkan is not a p-ssy. He can take a lot of punishment and keep going. I’ve hit Volkan with some bombs. He might have shaken his head, but then he’d come right back for me. He’s the real deal.”
Oezdemir has only fought three times in the UFC, defeating Ovince St. Preux, Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa.
Johnson knows that whether Oezdemir faces Jones or not down the line, the light heavyweight is a beast inside of the Octagon.
“Volkan is a beast, that’s what he is,” said Johnson. “Volkan has been my main training partner for the last year and a half."
Since retiring after UFC 210, the former light heavyweight title contender has been putting his focus into the field of medical marijuana.