Originally Posted by rivethead
I think this tells a lot about Anthony Johnson. I don't even think Hardy is a legitimate top 10 fighter, but I'm tired of Johnson struggling with weight and not living up to expectations. I like AJ, and I really, really, really despise fauxhawks, so while I'd love to see a dramatic first round KO of Hardy; I'd rather see a healthy, lean Johnson come in and dominate for three rounds before the finish, just so I can renew my transfer ticket for his bandwagon.
Agreed - how
Johnson fights will be just as important as the result.
Tell you, if Rumble shows up out of shape though then he's in trouble. I think Hardy has more than enough zip in his strikes to TKO him if he's fatigued, or he could even just hunt-and-peck for three rounds to get the easy decision.
This would be tragic for two reasons: It would tar Rumble with the 'guy who got dominated by the last two guys to get tooled by GSP' brush - in addition to the 'suspect cardio' and 'salad dodger' labels he's already got. One more loss/missed weight after that and I suspect he'd get cut, which would be a criminal waste of potential.
The other reason would be that a dominant win by Hardy would arrest his downward slide and re-legitimise him as a possible contender. I personally would not like to see that.