Anthony “Rumble” Johnson may have just fallen short of securing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, but he has yet to put on a boring fight during his current UFC run! “Rumble” seems like a new person once he transitioned to the UFC’s light heavyweight division. With devestating knockouts over the likes of “Lil’ Nog” and Alexander Gustafsson, “Rumble” has earned the right to label whoever he thinks is a “boring” fighter. In a media call earlier in the month, Johnson was asked about whether he thought Bader deserved the shot against D.C. rather than Gustafsson.
Johnson’s answer was brutally honest; He expressed that he thought Bader deserved it more, but he wasn’t the type to sell out an arena due to his potential to be ‘boring’! Check it out:
“When he fought Phil Davis, they were booing. I wouldn’t want that for a headline for a fight, especially going for a title. I’d be like, ‘Man, I just spent so much money promoting this fight and they’re booing. I want my money back.’ I’m penalizing somebody. I’m deducting 10 percent of their check.”
Johnson is referring to Bader’s last victory that came at the expense of Phil Davis in January 2015. Do you agree with “Rumble”? Should fighters be taxed 10% if they don’t live up to expectations, or is he overreacting? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!>
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Transcribed by Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting