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Tuesday, 11/15/2011, 01:00 pm

UFC NEWS – Anthony Johnson: “It’s going to be fun fighting Vitor”

“I knocked out my opponent in one minute and nine seconds something like that [in my mma debut]. Vitor happened to be in the crowd, Shogun Rua was too. After the fight, Vitor gave me props and shook my hand. I never thought I’d be fighting a man who I shook hands with many years ago. I’m a fan of Vitor Belfort and always will be. It’s going to be fun fighting him… I still want to fight at 170, but I’m excited about making the jump to 185 and we’ll see what happens after this fight is over.”

Top welterweight fighter turned middleweight, has his eyes set on an unlikely fight scheduled for the UFC’s return trip to Brazil this January at UFC 142. In this interview with he talks about the pending bout and his future in the division.

Having met “The Phenom” after his first professional outing as a Mixed Martial Artists, Anthony Johnson never thought he would actually ever be locked in a cage with him.

With size, a decent wrestling base and explosive knockout power, will Johnson be able to take out the former UFC champion or will he fall victim to the power of Belfort?

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48 Responses to “UFC NEWS – Anthony Johnson: “It’s going to be fun fighting Vitor””

  1. worldwidemmanow says:

    it ain’t gonna be so fun when vitor does his thing

  2. This guy says:

    I think Vitor is going to maul Johnson pretty bad.

  3. Joe says:

    i think johnson is gonna throw madddd teeps

  4. I think Rumble the wrestler will show up to this fight.I don’t think we’ll be seeing Rumble the striker.

  5. The Unknown says:

    It’ll be fun seeing Vitor knock your ass to the canvas and back to the welterweight division.

  6. Axel39 says:

    Winner is Vitor via Death

  7. Long-Strong says:

    does anyone know how long ago this picture was taken? cuz it looks MAD DIFFERENT now!

  8. ThaGreenBandit says:

    Everybody seems to be counting Rumble out, but I think this fight is a toss up.

  9. abomb says:

    Ive met Anthony Johnson a few times and he is a monster of a man n by far the biggest welter weight out there i blv he walks around at around 215 pounds which is bigger than Vitor i do not think size will be a factor for him i think he should use his strikes to take Vitor down he is much faster than alot of the fighters Vitor has fought in the past if he fights smart it should be a good night for Anthony and dont forget his heavy hands and feet he can knock u out and the dude can grapple

  10. Creature says:

    I think this has potential to be one hell of a fight, but honestly i see this most likely being.. A. a somewhat lackluster grappling match with Rumble getting the nod. or B. a somewhat lackluster grappling match until Vitor finds an opening, swarms and TKO’s Rumble.

  11. josh says:

    Rumble is going to whoop vitor’s ass… wont even be a close fight..Head Kick??

  12. SanSooRob says:

    Fun to go to sleep ? Lol

  13. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    I hope Rumble brings his pajamas because he’s going to sleep!

  14. SaberTooth says:

    Rumble is going to finally retire this has-been.

  15. Respectexpected says:

    It’s weird how the the fighters both respect each other but the fans of either fighter talk a bunch of trash about the opposing fighter

  16. Lets see who pulls the guns faster in this gunfight.. Anthony is dangerous but Vitor is lethal! I got the phenom..

    • SaberTooth says:

      I disagree. Vitor is a has-been and CAN’T stop Rumble from taking him down. From there, Vitor will be lacerated by Rumble’s elbows. Rumble is just too strong, too fast and much better than a 2011 Vitor. In 2011, Vitor is a phlop instead of a phenom….. I like this fight though, it will take Rumble to that next stage where he can become the MW champ in 2012-13 as long as he doesn’t do a “Guillard”.

      • mmaislandjunkie says:

        you must have had an extra does of stupid today. whos the toughest guy rumble has fought? kos and he lost. vitor has faced the best in the business and i see a quick return to ww for rumble.

        • SaberTooth says:

          Hey dude have you gotten your GED yet? There you go, you keep looking to the past dude. Vitor is done he is over. He’s just trying to make money. He KNOWS he sucks. Rumble is the future and will slice and dice up Vitor in this fight as long as he doesn’t do a “Guillard”

        • U might be a purple belt on sherdog, but u are squat diddley here saber..Vitor if healthy is going knock rumble the FK out! Kos made him his bitch.. Vitoria going to make him his mistress!

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          ged? u dont even know what ged stands for u probably think it means good enough diploma. but i digress, vitor has ko’d rich franklin and akiyama and his only loss is to the p4p king. vitor would even beat chael sonnen, think about that for a second then if you need to u can cry about it.

        • SaberTooth says:

          So you think you’re THE MAN on here Chart? Ok, you man enough to make a bet? If The Phlop wins, I’ll eat crow on here and admit I was wrong and you were right and when he loses, You will tell everybody on here that you don’t know diddley squat about mma and gonna tuck your tail and go over to the sher…. How about it, you man enough?

        • SaberTooth says:

          Let’s see he loses to Randy, Tito, Overeem then wins over somebody nobody knows and then he loses to Overeem again. Then he fights a bunch of cans that INCLUDE Lindland and has-been Franklin and then gets his face kicked in by Andy and beats a shitty Akiyama who is another has-been and you thin he’s the shitz? Damn Dude, I think you are on the ice again. Vitor hasn’t been The Phenom since 2005.

          Seriously, mmaislandjunkie, how old are you?

          That, “I digress” got to yah didn’t it.

        • Doonybrook says:

          You little homo shit kid quit using my lines!… its “helping of stupid today”, and you’ve had too many helpings if you cant think for yourself.

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          someone felt left out now didnt they?!? lmao donnybrook ur such a fag. spell your name right so you dont automatically come off as a complete idiot.

        • Doomybrook says:

          Shit kid… your the one looking like an idiot recycling my shit so kindly fuk off and go to bed.

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          i didnt know recycling stupid was a trademark by old fart donnybrook. go to sleep old man your dementia is kicking in again.

  17. mmaislandjunkie says:

    I threw in that digress just for you snaggletooth i thought youd like the gesture. its funny how you mention track records do i really need to list rumbles? should i even mention to you that everyone u listed on vitors list besides the no name ko, has been a champ in some organization while rumble has not fought a single champion ever? if im dumb and young youre old and senile. hope those facts dont get to yah too bad, but you know since you wana list facts and all suck on those FAT FACTS just like you would when u turn the tube.

    • SaberTooth says:

      Yah I liked that “i digress’ shit. Now, put down the ice pipe for a moment and listen up dipshit. You might just make it to your 15th birthday!! Rhetorically speaking that is!! ( I kinda of feel like you are my baby brother who I need to school a bit so you can succeed in life) But I digress…. Now, you keep looking to the ancient past with Vitor. You still think it is 2001-2005. You and that other dipshit Chart, live in fantasyland and think Vitor is still the Phenom. He;s not!! The only top fighter’s he’s faced in the past 5 years, He’s LOST too. He’s done. Rumble is just coming up and will beat everybody in MW, perhaps even Sonnen. He’s the future and Vitor is the past. Damn dude for a 14 year old, you should be looking to the future fighter’s not these old tired lions!!

      • mmaislandjunkie says:

        looks like your lil brother is gonna be fucking your girlfriend and be more successful than you. but youre use to losing at everything so you should be fine with accepting that. im a fan of rumble and i see a bright future for him and i think he has what it takes to beat vitor but i think vitor will have the edge with punching speed and footwork. it will be an exciting fight for sure but only a fucking idiot would even think rumble would run through vitor, and thats why im talking to you like how i am cuz this is my talk to an idiot tone, hi idiot.

        • SaberTooth says:

          Now, you’re finally thinking in the right direction. Rumble is younger, stronger and faster than this old man Vitor. Vitor is no Randy or Hendo kid. Rumble will grab Vitor, throw him to the ground and slice him up with those elbows boy. Just be realistic.

          Now, to speak frankly with you. Are you calling my girlfriend a whore? Now, you’re pissing me off!! Oh that’s right, you’re 14 and are still fantasizing about girls and fighter’s.

          BTW: she is a whore, man do I love that!!

          Seriously, how old are you? Have you reached puberty yet?

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          youre girlfriend isnt only a whore, a trait you admire most likely because thats what you like about your own mother, but she is also an idiot for sticking around with a snaggle toothed loser like you, but then again misery loves company and druggies love druggies. and to be realistic when was the last time rumble stopped a fight with an elbow? cant remember? oh yeah thats because HES NEVER STOPPED A FIGHT WITH AN ELBOW. vitor has 15 tkos in 28 fights rumble has 7 in 13, only difference is their competition. the fight can go either way but the edge is w vitor, maybe u might want to get the odds makers in vegas phone numbers so you can bitch like the bitch you are when the line comes out and vitor is favored. now go back to your hermaphrodite lover.

        • SaberTooth says:

          LMAO – you are SOOOOO easy to rile up. You lost bitch. Now go to bed before your mommy catches you using that language again. You know you don’t want that soap in your mouth again and you definitely don’t want my size 13 boot up your scrawny ass.

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          so proud of your clown shoes now arent you? just make sure bozo dont see you he might have to take his shoes back and use his private squirt gun on your mouth.

        • SaberTooth says:

          I love you Dude. Thanks for the entertainment. I hope I didn’t make you too mad. I have one question for you though, so you know alot about private squirt guns huh?
          You’re alright kid, peace out!!

          Rumble will destroy Vitor………

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          lol thanks man its fun fucking around on the intranet aint it! cheehoo vitor all the way!

      • snaggletooth says:

        u my friend are delusional. if u think like that cocky, and confident u have already lost the bet!

        • SaberTooth says:

          Why are you afraid of using you real handle dipshit. Oh and asshole and this is a forum where you can type out words and not a fucking TEXT douche!! It’s YOU not U jackass. U understand???

  18. aaxantonio says:

    its pretty simple to beat vitor, stop is initial wild striking, he gasses out then pick him apart, or you can do what silva did and kick him right in the fucking face hahahahha. i like vitor but i think johnson got this one

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