With three wins in a row and a fourth staring him in the face, Howard realizes he could get another opportunity in the UFC at anytime. That is the ultimate goal, but he’d rather take his time and make his return a permanent one.
“The UFC told me to go out and get some wins, I have to wait for the phone call, I can’t call them,” said Howard. “I signed a contract with CES and right now I’m not in a rush to go back. I’m only 29-years-old and I don’t want to go there and get kicked out a second time. I can’t have that right now, the best thing for me to do is to be humble and improve my skills. I want to continue to build a solid foundation and when the time is right I’ll be back in the UFC. I have a few more fights left on my current contract and after I finish those fights I’ll take a look at all of my options.”
Howard and fellow UFC veteran Anthony Johnson were scheduled to fight at one point, but for some reason or another the fight never went down. What followed afterwards was a war of words and threats of physical violence outside of the Octagon.
“Johnson really made s**t personal, what he had to say was unnecessary,” Howard stated. “The beef all started because the UFC wanted me to fight him in my second fight for the promotion. At the time he was dominating and I wanted to get some more wins under my belt. He called me out and said I was a bitch, but what really made it personal was when he called me a derogatory word which I will not repeat.”
“There were a few times when things almost got physical, it got real crazy, we couldn’t be in the same room together. Then we were signed to fight, but he pulled out because he said he was injured. After we were both cut we were going to fight, but he’s had issues with his weight. I doubt we’ll ever fight because we are in different weight classes, I said I’d do it at 185, but he can’t make the weight. The beef is real, but I like to get paid to fight. If we’re not going to get paid we can always do it Kimbo Slice style!”
“Real Pain” is just around corner and it promises to offer MMA fans a little bit of everything. As far as Howard is concerned it will give him a chance to defend his title and put on a show in front of a packed arena as well as fans watching at home. To say he’s excited and grateful is putting it mildly.
“Brett and I are in the co-main event and the fans can expect to see a good fight,” offered the seven-fight UFC veteran. “Brett is a good striker and I love facing good strikers. It allows me to put on a great show for the fans. I always bring the pain and I plan on putting on an amazing performance. The whole event is going to incredible, this is a legit, big time card. If you miss it you are going to miss one of the best cards of the year, even better than some UFC events.”
Howard is on Twitter: @JohnDoomsday and he loves to interact with the fans.
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