Anthony Johnson at the TUF 8 Finale

Anthony Johnson at the TUF 8 Finale

Potential…

It’s a word often used in the fight game to describe athletes up and down the rankings. From the prospects to the champions, the word ‘potential’ is thrown around, no matter the fighter or what his circumstances are.

In the eyes of welterweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (8-3), the potential to do big things in the UFC is still very much in the picture, regardless of the outcome of his last fight and subsequent layoff.

In his upcoming bout against Dan Hardy (23-8, 1 NC) at UFC Fight Night 24, Johnson will look to make a statement about who he is and what he does in the sport of mixed martial arts – just as he feels he does in all his fights.

“I thought I’d make a statement every time I fight to let everybody know who I am,” Johnson said recently. “That’s just who I am, period. And yet I have to go out there and show that I’m back, so it’s time to go out there, (put those) hands up and (do) what me and Dan (do) best, and that’s to throw punches and blow blows and knock people out.”

And that is the potential that lies within the machine that is Anthony Johnson. When he walks through the gated entrance of the UFC’s Octagon, the chances of a fight ending in knockout jumps tenfold. Power in both hands combined with a frame built for two weight classes heavier tends to have that effect.

In a fight with the type of fighter Dan Hardy is, that knockout potential multiplies to a number higher than what this writer can count to. In any case, someone is going to get rocked and that frame of mind stays on the brain of the welterweight.

“One way or the other, somebody is getting knocked out,” he said. “And like Dan said, no disrespect to him or anybody else, when I play, I will be the winner.

“And that’s just how it is for with me… That’s my mind frame.”

When someone is good at something and is forced not to do it, one can become a little stir crazy. Having had his last fight in November of 2009, Johnson has officially been on the shelf for 16 months. Admittedly, the time has been difficult for him, but he’s not focused on that. What he’s focusing on is that potential people talk about – the potential to do damage and return to the upper end of the rankings, working his way through Hardy in the process.

“Everything was hard, man,” Johnson said about his time away with injury. “You hate sitting around and then whenever you do have to get back and after being off for so long, (you’re) kind of sluggish and stuff like that. But I mean that was then and this is now and everything has been going very well. So (the) sky is the limit.”

A win at UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis will certainly propel Johnson into limelight once again. His chance to “Rumble” with Dan Hardy takes place Saturday night in Seattle.

Got something to say? Weigh in with a thought of your own in the comments section below.

Erik Fontanez is a staff writer for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@Erik_Fontanez on Twitter or e-mail Erik a question or comment.

Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Complete Guide to UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

After 15 months on the sidelines due to his legal troubles, former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones finally returns to action on Saturday night at UFC 197. In his absence, Daniel Cormier won the read news >>

UFC 197: Inside the Octagon Video – Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux

  • 7 days ago
  • 16 views

John Gooden and Dan Hardy look ahead to UFC 197 on Saturday night and the main event between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux. read news >>

Jones vs. Saint Preux: Weigh-in Info, Top Comments Before UFC 197

  • 7 days ago
  • 9 views

It's been 15 months since Jon Jones was last in the Octagon. You'd have to go back to Jan. 3, 2015, to be exact, to find the last time Jones fought in the UFC. That was when he defended his UFC Light read news >>

'TUF: Brazil 4' winner Glaico Franca ready to hand James Vick his first defeat

  • 7 days ago
  • 5 views

Glaico Franca has been on the sidelines for more than eight months, and he admits he doesn’t know exactly why. But it’s readied him for tonight’s UFC 197.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 197 Fight Card: PPV Schedule, Odds and Predictions for Jones vs. Saint Preux

  • 7 days ago
  • 5 views

After nearly 15 months, Jon Jones makes his long-awaited, much-anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 197 in a match against Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light heavyweight title. The main int read news >>

From Wheaties box to milk carton: Anthony Pettis of old is missing (Yahoo Sports)

  • 6 days ago
  • 98 views

From Yahoo Sports: In the span of just 13 months, Pettis went from holding the UFC light heavyweight championship to a three-fight losing streak in the sport's deepest and toughest division. read news >>

From Wheaties box to milk carton: Anthony Pettis of old is missing (Yahoo Sports)

  • 6 days ago
  • 15 views

From Yahoo Sports: In the span of just 13 months, Pettis went from holding the UFC light heavyweight championship to a three-fight losing streak in the sport's deepest and toughest division. read news >>

UFC 197 Medical Suspensions: Jon Jones, OSP Possibly Sidelined for Six Months

  • 4 days ago
  • 23 views

Jon Jones recently returned to championship status, winning the interim version of the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 197 on Saturday in Las Vegas. read news >>

UFC 200: Jon Jones Is Loved, Daniel Cormier Is Hated & McGregor Is MIA? Uh, OK

  • 3 days ago
  • 18 views

After months of speculation and a week’s worth of utter chaos, UFC 200 finally got its main event on Wednesday and—hold on—let me make sure I have all this right… Jon Jones is in, crashing the party read news >>

Daniel Cormier Injury Reportedly Sidelines Him for 4 to 6 Weeks

  • 28 days ago
  • 17 views

The injury knocking Daniel Cormier out of the UFC 197 main event will likely sideline him for four to six weeks. read news >>