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Anthony Johnson Believes Vitor Belfort Is ‘Pretty Even Match-Up’, Vows To Win

This is a challenge, and what’s life without challenges?. I hopped on this challenge and accepted it. Sometimes you have to go out of your comfort zone or your element just to see how you do… I feel just fine about the matchup. He can’t do nothing that I can’t do. Anything he thinks he can do, I think I can do better. I think it’s a pretty even matchup. He’s fast, I’m fast. He’s powerful, I’m powerful. It’s going to be a fight that really determines who’s the man at the end of the day. Either one of us can get dropped, so it’s going to see who has the most heart… All I know is I’m going to win. I’m going to go out and do my best, and give the fans what they want and deserve. This is my first fight in Brazil. I have so much energy and excitement built up in me for this. I’m ready to get in camp, get with the Blackzilians and do what we do: train hard and win fights.”

— Anthony Johnson talking to MMA Fighting about his upcoming fight against Vitor Belfort at UFC 142

Anthony Johnson thinks its “a pretty even match-up” and on paper it might be, but he will have a couple things working against him.

  • It’s his first fight at middleweight. He’ll come into the fight bigger and stronger than his welterweights fights, but so will his competition.
  • He’ll be fighting in very hostile territory. If we learned anything about the Brazilian crowd at UFC 134, it’s that they are extremely loud and loyal to their own. They have no problem booing all foreign fighters right out of the arena. If Johnson can’t tune it out, it could become a distraction.
  • He’s fighting Vitor Belfort. Belfort may be aging but he still has the power of a middleweight with the speed of a welterweight and over a decade of big fight experience to boot. The only fighter Johnson has faced that’s on a remotely similar level to Belfort is Josh Koscheck and he lost.

I’m not saying Johnson can’t win, but I do think it’s going to be a tough fight for him.

Here’s more from Johnson on the match-up via KNOXX Gear:

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

  • i like sexy time

    Na this guys got no chance and anyone who says different is lying!

  • Winning!!!!

    I beg to differ.

  • Anonymous

    how can you compare belfort to koscheck? that is embarassing

    • The Jester

      He meant that Kos is an experienced veteran.

    • The Jester

      He meant that Kos is an experienced veteran.

    • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

      And reached an elite level in his respective weight class. 

    • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

      And reached an elite level in his respective weight class. 

      • Dannytrejo

        kosckeck and vitor chould never be mentioned in  the same breathvitor is head and shoulders above kosckeck

  • c dizzle

    if belfort wins this fight where does that leave him? i dont think johnson is considered a top ten fighter even in welter weight… so if belfort runs threw this guy is he going to be considered for another title shot? i doubt it, i think this is a bad fight for vitor… prolly going to be exciting but it doesnt prove anything.

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      He can always fight the winner of Wand vs Le,he was supposed to fight le anyway and if le loses then a rematch with wand would be pretty awesome

      • Rb_

        although fighting the winner of wand/lee would be even a bigger step down then AJ, especially wanderlei, hes doing terrible in the UFC.

        • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

          You might be right about being steps down in competition but theyre fights people will pay to see,there also yushin okami or the winner of leben vs muñoz,who are a couple of higher ranked guys,let me know what you think about these other possible match ups

          The only reason i think he’ll be fighting someone other than Anderson in a rematch is because their first match wasn’t close enough to think he might stand a chance in a rematch,he was slower than anderson and got ko’d

          • c dizzle

            i dont think vitor was slower than anderson, i think he just got caught with an unpredictable shot. okami, le, and leben would definitely be a fight i would want to see… wand and munoz would be tight too but vitor would have his way with them fur sure.

            assuming vitor beats eyebrows johnson i wouldnt mind seeing him  fight Le… only because im also a fan of leben.

          • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

            I’ll have to rewatch the Anderson vs belfort fight,I remember Anderson being faster but that fight was a while ago so ill check it out again

          • Rb_

            Its true that some step down fights would be awesome, in many weight classes but I don’t like seeing them often for the fact that its unfair to the other persons career opportunity’s, unless they really want that fight.

      • c dizzle

        lol i didnt even consider that… that would be an awesome matchup both ways.

      • Mr Kitty

        I’m sorry, but if Vitor fought Wand, it would be a massacre. Wand can’t take a punch anymore and he would be laid flat in the first round. But I would like to see Cung Le fight the winner of Anthony and Vitor assuming that Cung Le takes out Silva.

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      He can always fight the winner of Wand vs Le,he was supposed to fight le anyway and if le loses then a rematch with wand would be pretty awesome

  • sam_snee

    i love how its called moving up in weight when a 225 pound man fights at 185. Fat bastard. wow im saying that a lot. Well, you all are a bunch of fat bastards. Fight at your own weight!!! fat bastards!!.

    • c dizzle

      lol your absolutely right… johnson’s a fat bastard.

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