Exclusive (part 2): Anthony Johnson On His Favorite Knock Out, Evans vs. Silva & More | MMA NEWS
The Blackzilians are not only full of championship caliber athletes, they foster an environment centered around loyalty and family. Glenn Robinson has worked tirelessly to enhance his clients futures inside and outside of the cage and that’s something Johnson is extremely appreciative of.
“Glenn is the ultimate manager to have when it comes to MMA,” Johnson stated. “Outside of MMA he’s one of the best human beings you can have in your life. He’s always there for you whenever you need him to be there. He is the most loyal guy you can come across, I love him to death. I love him, his family, I love everything about him they are all awesome. Glenn is up for the “Best Management Nationwide” award. Everyone can vote at www.FloridaMMAAwards.com”
A few months back Mike Van Arsdale announced he was leaving his position as head coach of The Blackzilians to be closer to his family in Arizona. BJJ legend Mario Sperry stepped in and has made the transition as seamless as possible.
“Mario motivates everybody, you can stand there and talk to him for five minutes and want to do better,” Johnson admitted. “He has a way with people, he’s really inspirational. Everything he says is from the heart and everything he does is done with a lot of passion. I love listening to Mario, he’s taught me a lot already. Working with him has been great, he’s one of the best coaches you could ever have. He’s the reason why I think this team (Blackzilians) is going to be bigger than it is right now.”
After Anderson Silva successfully defended his title against the aforementioned Sonnen for the second time at UFC 148, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans threw his name into the hat as a potential challenger to Silva’s throne. Whether or not he is serious about making the drop to 185 is one thing, but the potential match-up has definitely stirred up a lot of opinions as well as emotions.
“I have no idea if that fight is ever going to happen and if does it will be a super fight,” offered Johnson. “It’ll be something like his last fight and he’ll go out there and give the fans what they want and go balls to the wall. Silva is the champion and extremely tough, Rashad is a former champion and he’ll have to adjust to Anderson’s style. You never know what Silva is going to throw at you. I don’t know how Rashad would do, hopefully he would do great. I’m not doubting my teammate, but it’s tough to say what Silva can and can’t do. If it ever does happen, I wish them both the best of luck, but I hope Rashad can take him out.”
With 9 of his 13 career victories coming by way of knockout, Johnson has had his share of highlight reel finishes. When asked which one he remembers most Johnson didn’t hesitate to say who and why.
“To me, my favorite knockout is of Kevin Burns,” Johnson said. “It was nice to show I was the better fighter and that his win over me came about because he poked me in the eye. I was winning the first fight and referee Steve Mazzagatti gave it to him. I wanted to prove that I was the better fighter and he didn’t beat me because he was more skilled, he beat me because of the ref’s decision. All the other knockouts were regular knockouts, but that one meant something to me.”
Now that things seemed to headed in the right direction for the 28-year-old Johnson, he can reflect back on his mistakes and understand that all of what has transpired has helped mold him into the man and the fighter he is today. If he had a chance he wouldn’t change a thing,
“I’m glad things went the way they did, because I probably wouldn’t be who I am right now,” said the Dublin, GA native. “I had my ups and I had my downs, but I’m still here. It’s all part of the growing process in fighting and in life. I am happy with the way everything has turned out.”