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Anthony Johnson Trying Really Hard to Build Rivalry with John Howard

(Goodnight, sweet prince.)

I can’t decide what to make of Anthony Johnson’s public campaign to brand John Howard as a fight-ducking coward.  He says he’s just pissed off that Howard backed out of a fight with him, but that seems like a strange explanation.  And yet that’s what he told when the subject of Howard’s potential bitchassness came up:

"He said it was his manager’s decision, but I think, at the end of the day, it’s really his decision. I don’t think your manager should make all your decisions, especially when you’re supposed to fight and if you are going to say, ‘yeah’ or ‘no.’ … I’m speechless about the whole thing … I’m going to eventually get to fight him and knock his teeth out. It’ll happen.  I want to beat him up just because he backed out."

It’s hard to see what Johnson really has to gain by fighting Howard, whose UFC debut saw him win a fairly boring split decision over Chris Wilson.  Meanwhile, Johnson has been racking up impressive wins against more experienced opponents like Luigi Fioravanti and Kevin Burns.

Now Howard will take on Tamdan McCrory (who Johnson thinks will "whoop his ass") and “Rumble” gets a fight with Matt Brown, who’s also been on a bit of streak lately.  A win over Brown would have to be considered a more high profile victory than one over Howard at this point.  So is Johnson just trying to get at someone he sees as easy pickings, or does he really take it that personally when someone declines a fight with him? 

Maybe he should learn to take it as a compliment. It’s a good thing that people are scared to fight you, Anthony.  And it’s not as if there is a shortage of people to kick in the face in the UFC’s welterweight division.

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whowho- April 16, 2009 at 12:43 am
did everyone forget this guy got submitted by rich clementi and i very much agree with whoever said he shouldnt be talking shit its way 2 early in his career to be talking plus he has not even beat anyone significant

matt browns gonna win 1st round TKO
Whatever- April 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm
The first three posters are embarrassing idiots.
Jay Smith- April 14, 2009 at 3:31 pm
I think Matt Brown will be a nice test for Anthony Johnson. I don't think Brown will want any parts of Johnsons stand up game, and will try to take him to the ground so, we'll finally get to see if Johnson has any "jits". We know he's a good wrestler, but how is he with submissions (especially defending them coming from Brown). That's what I want to know.....
BackbaconBilly- April 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm
So far Johnson is an exciting fighter to watch, there is really no question there. However he does have a little bit of the shit talk in him and for what reason?? cause he's takin out the trash a couple times? please, he needs to take out some highly respected/rated fighters and then take the title BEFORE he does ANY shit talkin, there are way to many examples of guys who blew thru their 1st 3-4 opponents only to be knocked to fuck back down to size.Johnson doesn't show any real threat as of yet to be able to rise to the top in the foreseable future so for now he needs to concentrate on training and strengthening his weaknesses, maybe in a few yrs he'll have reason to talk.
Zescape- April 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm
I love the people who get upset about the "first!" idiots.

Who's stupider? The "first!" idiots, or the jackasses who let the "first!" idiots bother them? My money's on the latter.

(Yes, I mean you My Fight Wiffa Cheeto)
KG- April 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm
HAHAH That nagger does look like Skeletor...
Anonymous- April 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm
johnson v. wilson won fight of the night. it was not boring to watch, and i remember a lot of people agree with the fon award.
K.E.G.- April 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm
The UFC needs to find an Albino guy that looks like He-Man to fight Johnson, since he looks exactly like a black Skeletor.

Either way Johnson Brown is a much better fight anyway.

Also Barncat rules.
Crittino- April 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm
He certainly doesn't sound speechless.
Blaphtome- April 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm
Brown will smash Johnson.
Anonymous- April 14, 2009 at 11:44 am
Are we gonna get the rundown on the rest of the top 5 fail fighters? Gotta agree with Speer at #5. Keep 'em coming!
BuckWild- April 14, 2009 at 11:38 am
Ok guys Lets try something different for the first posts. Lets just saying something else that has nothing to do with the story at hand.. lets go with ...

" I like turtles"

There.. see that is more interesting than just saying "First"

BTW cp. nice KO video...

ps: For some reason I kept thinking about the hotel chain howard johnson while reading this..
VEe- April 14, 2009 at 11:33 am
I'm not sure but didn't Rumble turn down a fight with Mike Swick?
tduffney- April 14, 2009 at 11:24 am
"filthy ginger" LMFAO!!!
War- April 14, 2009 at 10:58 am
Rumble is kind of pissing me off. He takes everything personally like hes a fucking 11th grade high school student that gets looked at the wrong way. Shut up Johnson, your still irrelevant until you fight someone remotely in the top 25 (Speer and Fateronti don't count, nor does Kevin "eye pokes McGokes" Burns).
banjo- April 14, 2009 at 10:54 am
goddamn i love that vid, always brightens my day seeing a filthy ginger get what he deserves.
Derekrva- April 14, 2009 at 10:51 am
Sounds like Rumble is just talking for the sake of talking. He should be focused on Brown though, cause that guy is gonna give him a hell of a night. Think Johnson's speed wins the fight though. Can't wait.
Anonymous- April 14, 2009 at 10:46 am
sorry dude, u put ur self with em
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 14, 2009 at 10:42 am
"Anonymous Says:
Tue, 04/14/2009 - 10:36
u first 3 guys are gay."

Don't lump me in with those faggots you fucking nancy. Get a handle.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 14, 2009 at 10:38 am
I give up.

Seriously, though after thinking about it. If it brightens some of y'alls day to type first on every CP article, then good for you for getting some happiness in your life. No matter how insignificant it is, good for you.

No point in harping on how dumb you guys are, I'm just happy you're happy.

That said. War Rumble! This kid is one of my favorites and I hope him and Matt Brown have a fucking war.

Then again, Ben(s), maybe he's just prophesizing his next opponent. If he loses to Matt Brown, theoretically, wouldn't John Howard be his step down?

Because let's also face facts in this. NO FUCKING WAY that Howard gets past "The Barncat."

Anonymous- April 14, 2009 at 10:36 am
u first 3 guys are gay. Anthony Johnson is one of my favorite fighters to watch . guy looks like he hits hard as hell and is only improving every fight
bomb diggity- April 14, 2009 at 10:33 am
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 14, 2009 at 10:33 am
Anonymous- April 14, 2009 at 10:33 am