“This is easy, This is going to be a lot of fun for me… Everything has come to where it needs to be right now. I’m peaking at the right time… Right now, middleweight is where I am, and that’s all I’m thinking about. I really don’t mind fighting (at) middleweight because I get to eat more now. So I feel a thousand times better than when I fought at 170. That’s why I’m so happy and want to fight really bad.”
— Anthony Johnson on a UFC 142 conference call talking about fighting at middleweight
It seems Anthony Johnson is finally starting to realize what everyone has been saying for years — he belongs in the middleweight division. Johnson enjoyed a considerable size advantage in the welterweight division, but it always came at a price. He was cutting ridiculous amounts of weight to make 170 and as he mentions above, his body didn’t feel like it should. Johnson says he’s done with welterweight “so far”, but that will likely hinge on how well he does at 185. Even if he loses to Vitor Belfort at UFC 142 though, I hope he gives middleweight an honest run. It’s where he belongs and where I suspect we’ll see him unlock his full potential, similar to how Alistair Overeem has since he moved to heavyweight.
By the way, Johnson says he’s currently weighing 215 which means he still needs to cut 30 pounds by next Friday’s weigh-ins.
Image via Johnson’s manager Glenn Robinson