On top of silencing 30,000 fans in the Tele2 Arena in Sweden on Saturday night, ruining one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history and picking up a $50,000 bonus for one of the performances of the night, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson also secured himself a title challenge.
Johnson’s 1st round stoppage of Alexander Gustafsson earned the American a tilt at Jon Jones’ UFC light-heavyweight belt in place of the big Swede.
What makes it even more remarkable is that Johnson was cut from the UFC in 2009 after three missed weight cuts and a defeat to Vitor Belfort. A few years competing in smaller organisations, a six-fight win-streak and moving up two weight classes worked wonders as he was handed a second chance in the bog show last year. A chance he has taken with both of his heavy hands.
Three straight wins, culminating in knocking out the number one contender and Johnson gets the shot few would have predicted this time last year. He certainly has the power to stop Jon Jones but then so did Dan Henderson, Glover Texeira, Vitor Belfort, etc, etc…