Anthony “Rumble” Johnson took all of 44 seconds to demolish Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. A set of uppercuts landed flush and the final one sent Lil’ Nog crashing to the canvas for the knockout. This showcase of devastating power from “Rumble” put the entire light heavyweight division on notice of a new legitimate title contender—if they weren’t already from his previous victory.
With the knockout, Johnson’s 7th consecutive victory overall, and 2-0 since being back in the UFC as a light heavyweight–defeating two top 10 opponents in Phil Davis and Rogerio Nogueira, “Rumble” wanted to leave no doubt in anybody’s mind that he was winning this fight.
“When you face a guy like Nogueira, you kinda think like ‘okay this is about to be a battle’ because the last name Nogueira means a lot, those guys fight with a lot of pride,” Johnson said. “But I knew I had to finish him or hurt him really bad where the judges or anybody didn’t have any second guesses and think that he won. So I’m glad it ended that way.”
Anthony Johnson’s message for the rest of the light heavyweights in the UFC was simple, “Hopefully I keep putting fear into everybody’s heart,” Johnson said in a calm, yet frightening manner.
While Dana White agrees that Johnson is a contender in the light heavyweight division, he also believes Johnson needs another fight to get into that upper echelon of contenders.
“Well it’s crazy, there’s no doubt he’s a contender. But he still needs another fight to get up into that—it’s amazing I don’t think we’ve ever had a guy go from 170 to 205 and actually be more powerful and more devastating,” White said.
Looking dapper, dressed in a vest and bowtie, was Anthony Johnson at the post-fight press conference. Johnson himself isn’t exactly eager to fight for the title right away, but it is ultimately his goal to become the champion.
“I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to my goal of being a champion, so whoever they throw in front of me is just in a lot of trouble,” Johnson said. “They put ‘em in front of me, I’m going to keep knocking ‘em down.”
As for who Anthony Johnson wants next, “everybody,” Rumble simply said.