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    Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson may well be closing in on a UFC light heavyweight title shot early in 2015, but there’s at least one heavyweight fight in the UFC that would capture his attention. And he believes it would do 205lb champion Jon Jones a favour in the process.

    The Blackzilians standout, revitalised and riding a eight-fight win week after moving up to 205lb, admits he wasn't shocked to learn Jones had withdrawn from his next title defense against Daniel Cormier due to injury this week, especially upon hearing Alistair Overeem was training with him at the time.

    Johnson insists he watched ’The Reem’ bully and hurt plenty of teammates during his short spell with the Florida-based Blackzilians and explained how he would like nothing more than to knockout the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion inside the Octagon.

    Speaking exclusively to Fighters Only, Rumble said about Jones' withdrawal: “None of what's happened surprised me. People get hurt, especially when it's a big fight coming up. Whenever it’s the biggest fight of their careers people pick up injuries, that's just the way things go. What did surprise me was reading in the media that it was Alistair Overeem that had hurt him.

    "That kind of shocked me because he used to be a teammate of mine. Well, actually, not a teammate, but he used to be over here. And he did some things here that were like that. But I didn't think he'd take that into Greg Jackson's gym. Not the stuff that happened anywhere else. So that shocked me.

    "I just figured when I first heard he was hurt that it was an accident with one of his usual training partners, not some one who's just come in and has hurt him. Greg Jackson says it wasn't on purpose, but I know the man and when he was here he was always hurting somebody. Accidentally on purpose. And it ain't because he's clumsy, he ain't clumsy, he would just hurt you.

    "I've seen the guy do it. I've seen him basically bullying and stuff. Now I can't speak on what happened with him and Jon because I wasn't there. They could have been training like pro athletes and really just pushing each other and a freak accident happens. And I hope Jon recovers and comes back stronger. But if it really wasn't an accident, then I feel sorry for Jon and I hope he recovers regardless. But when Overeem is involved, it is what it is.”
    With Jones and Cormier now locked in for the New Year, and leading contender Alexander Gustafsson eager to wait it out for his shot at the championship belt, Johnson admits a move up to heavyweight would appeal to him. Especially if Overeem’s name was involved.

    “If Joe Silva called me up and offered me that fight, yeah, I'd take that and knock his head off,” Johnson adds. "I would take that fight immediately, without hesitation. And that’s not because I see my long term future at heavyweight either. Not really. But before I retire – which I don't plan on doing any time soon either – I do plan on fighting at heavyweight a couple of times.

    “And, well, right now, Alistair Overeem is the right guy (laughs). I'd love to knock him out. And I’d do it with a big smile on my face too.”
    http://www.fightersonlymag.com/conte...bullyq-overeem

    Seems like no love lost between these two, would be a sick fight. However, I'd really rather Anthony Johnson focus on his career and improving as a light heavyweight on the way to the top of the totem pole. He already has a tall mountain to climb
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    I think if Jones is going to fight Cormier next and Goose wants to sit on the sideline, Rumble/Overeem is a FINE consolation prize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    I think if Jones is going to fight Cormier next and Goose wants to sit on the sideline, Rumble/Overeem is a FINE consolation prize.
    If Rumble moves up to HW to face AO, I don't think he will be able to fight at 205 afterwards. He likes to pack on tons of muscle mass, so surely he will do the same at HW; therefore, he would have to trim back down, which is clearly difficult for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CtGreat View Post
    If Rumble moves up to HW to face AO, I don't think he will be able to fight at 205 afterwards. He likes to pack on tons of muscle mass, so surely he will do the same at HW; therefore, he would have to trim back down, which is clearly difficult for him.
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    Wasnt the arlovski fight at hw? Rumble seemed to be able to get back to 205 well enough after that one..
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    Rumble has had great success lately, and I hope he continues on this tear along with keeping the attitude he has right now. If he isn't able to secure a fight against a top light heavyweight (barring Davis getting injured and them offering Rumble a fight with Glover) why not a fight with Overeem?

    It's possible if he loses to Rothwell, Rumble would get to fight him in a must win matchup for Overeem.

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    Rumble can fluctuate between the two divisions and make the cut back to LHW just fine, he proved that with the Arlovski fight, along with a pretty clear successful weigh-in a few weeks ago coming in under the mark. I believe Anthony Johnson is in a good place both mentally and physically as well as has great coaching staff behind him. He has huge potential at this point, I just hope it all works out and comes to fruition for him.

    EDIT: forgot to put the link to the article in my comment above, it's there now but here as well if anyone cared to see it http://www.fightersonlymag.com/conte...bullyq-overeem
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    Andrei Arlovski hospitalized by Alistair Overeem after 'dirty tricks' in training camp
    http://www.mmamania.com/2014/8/20/60...-jon-jones-mma

    "I do not like to wash dirty linen in public, but in these words there is a weighty truth. A few days ago I was sparring with Alistair Overeem and experienced firsthand how it can end. As usual sparring goes: men represent strikes, touch each other, but do not tend to cause real damage to the partner. During one of the highlights of our sparring, Overeem hit me with the hardest knee kick in the stomach. In a real fight would turn out for me by knockout. After that, I immediately went to the hospital to make sure that my ribs were not broken. Thank God, everything turned out okay, although at first we were afraid that my fight with 'Bigfoot' would be cancelled. It was so unexpected and so unpleasant that at first I even wanted to take revenge on him, at least hit him with his elbow. But my boxing coach, Andrei Ivchuk, turned around and reassured me. 'Do not be like the people who allow themselves to such dirty tricks. No need to stoop to their level.' Now I know that Overeem injured Jon Jones simply because he injures everyone with whom trains."

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    Quote Originally Posted by CtGreat View Post
    If Rumble moves up to HW to face AO, I don't think he will be able to fight at 205 afterwards. He likes to pack on tons of muscle mass, so surely he will do the same at HW; therefore, he would have to trim back down, which is clearly difficult for him.

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    Overeem seems to be a really bad training partner.

    Look at this video, one thing is to fool around and "bully" other guys in a playful way, but here even though he is not really hurting them, he already looks like a douche.

    http://vimeo.com/10244315
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff


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