Since his return to the UFC, Anthony Johnson (18-4) has put on two highly impressive performances against top ten light heavyweights, and has put himself into a position to contender for a title. He wasted little time in calling out the number one ranked fighter at light heavyweight, Alexander Gustafsson (16-2).
“Rumble”, currently the 4th ranked light heavyweight in the division, thinks a fight with Gustafsson makes the most sense, and wants to give the fight the fans want to see.
Anthony Johnson posted on his facebook the following message calling out Gustafsson:
@AlexTheMauler I respect you as a fighter but this is business. @danawhite said our fight makes sense. There’s nobody left for us to fight plus the fans are begging for us to fight so let’s give the fans what they wanna see!
Johnson is currently riding an 8-fight win streak that includes his fights in both Titan FC and WSOF–defeating the likes of Andre Arlovski and Mike Kyle—following his release from the UFC in 2012. The Blackzillian member is an undefeated 6-0 since moving up to light heavyweight, and rejoined the UFC in 2014, defeating both Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira—with a dominant 44 second knockout.
Gustafsson has not publicly responded to Johnson’s call out, but has made it known in the past that he wishes to fight for the title and would not take any other fight. The Swede was scheduled to fight Jon Jones in a rematch for the light heavyweight title at UFC 178 in September, but a torn meniscus suffered caused the challenger to pull out of the bout. And as a result, Daniel Cormier has taken Gustafsson’s number one contender spot.
UFC president Dana White has publicly said that Gustafsson would likely need to take another fight and that the next light heavyweight title shot would remain Cormier’s.
Gustafsson first earned his title shot coming off a 6-fight win streak in the UFC, and lost a narrow split decision to the champion, Jon Jones at UFC 165. ‘The Mauler’ bounced back with awin in March against Jimi Manuwa, and was promised the next title shot against Jones.