Anthony Johnson is Still Hoping to Face Jon Jones
By FCF Staff
Anthony Johnson reported before that his UFC return would take place at heavyweight. But, more recently the former light-heavyweight contender has said he’s still hoping to face 205 king, Jon Jones.
Johnson retired from pro-MMA in 2017, after he was submitted by Daniel Cormier at UFC 210. The 35-year-old fighter is planning a comeback, however, and while talking to Brendan Schaub recently, Johnson said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I’m gonna wait until I get about, when I lose about 10 more pounds, 235. I wanna see how my body feels and then if it feels good, then I’m going to probably make 205. Why? Because who is there to fight at 205?” Johnson asked rhetorically.
“We’ll make it happen if I get low enough,” Johnson said. “We’ll fight at 205. That’s a fight I wanted. I think Jon wanted that fight too, before everything happened. That situation, which, it’s over with, it’s in the past. When we see each other there’s no animosity between each other. We show each other love, you know what I mean? But that was a fight, that’s why I went up to 205, man.”
Johnson was booked to fight Jones at UFC 187 in 2015, but Jones was stripped of the title and sidelined after being involved in a hit-and-run incident.