Anthony Johnson has laughed off the idea that wrestling isn’t a strong point, ahead of his clash with Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC on FOX in New Jersey on Saturday.
Johnson is regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers, not only in the light heavyweight division but in all of UFC.
As such, ‘Rumble’ is fairly certain that Bader won’t stand up and exchange strikes with him. Instead, the former number one contender is prepared for a fight anywhere in the octagon.
“I know he’s going to try and wrestle with me,” Johnson said in reference to Bader during a media session following Thursday’s open workouts.
“Once again, everybody thinks wrestling is my weakness. If he wants to wrestle, come on.”
Despite being supremely confident in his abilities, the 31-year-old conceded that ‘Darth’ Bader is not an opponent to be taken lightly.
“He’s on a five-fight win streak. He’s legit,” he conceded.
“He’s nothing to play with. You can’t take him for granted.”
Johnson faced Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 for the then-vacant light heavyweight title following former champion Jon Jones’ suspension. Since his third round submission to Cormier, Johnson hasn’t been linked with another shot at the 205-pound belt, with Bader seemingly the more likely of the two to get a title fight in the near future.
“There’s been so much talk about a title shot for Bader, it hasn’t crossed my mind what’s next for me,” Johnson added.
“I’m just here to fight.”