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Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson in the Works For March


("What in the bloody hell? That’s my victory pose, you wanker.")

A welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson has been verbally agreed to for March, however it isn’t clear which of the four events that month the fight will happen at.

Cagepotato.com learned of the bout from a source close to one of the fighters Sunday afternoon, but MMAFighting.com was the first to report the story.

An erroneous report surfaced earlier in the day yesterday that stated that the bout would happen at UFC 129 in Toronto, but according to our source, the Canadian date was not offered, but it could happen on one of the three other planned cards. UFC on Versus 3 is penciled in for March 3 in Louisville, Kentucky, an event is reportedly being planned for an undisclosed location for March 19 and Ultimate Fight Night 24 is slated for March 26 in Seattle.


0-2 in his previous two outings, Hardy, (23-8 1 NC) needs a win and Johnson isn’t known to give one up easily. It’s unlikely that the Nottingham, England native will face the axe if he loses the fight, even thought he will have lost three in a row, considering the level of competition he has faced. "The Outlaw’s" seven-fight winning streak was snapped by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre who rode the Brit to a five round decision in March at UFC 111 before suffering his first knockout loss of his career at the hands of former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit at UFC 120 in October.

Hopefully Johnson can make 170 for the bout. 

It’s no secret that the massive welterweight has struggled with making weight in the past and since undergoing knee surgery earlier this year, "Rumble," who hasn’t fought since his November 2009 loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 106 ballooned up to 230 pounds due to inactivity.

Johnson (8-3) told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten on during an episode of Inside MMA earlier this year that he has dropped a similar amount of weight in the past and that, "It ain’t no thang," and that he had no plans of moving to middleweight.


("I swear, I’m AJ. If you don’t believe me we could grapple.")


(Ingesting nothing but water and toilet paper makes AJ a skinny man.)

Unless he has Mike Dolce in his camp, dropping 60 pounds in three months will be no easy feat. If he doesn’t make weight this time around, expect Dana White to put on his angry face when he tells Ariel Helwani that he’s pissed and that AJ will now be fighting at middleweight.

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Tj badazz Johnson- January 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm
MMA record Professional record breakdown
11 matches 8 wins 3 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 0 2
By decision 2 0
Date Result Record Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
March 26, 2011 Dan Hardy UFC Fight Night 24 Seattle, Washington, USA
November 21, 2009 Loss 8–3 Josh Koscheck UFC 106: Ortiz vs Griffin 2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 4:47 Las Vegas, Nevada Won Fight of the Night Honors
October 24, 2009 Win 8–2 Yoshiyuki Yoshida UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun KO (Punch) 1 0:41 Los Angeles, California, US Catchweight 176 lb.
February 7, 2009 Win 7–2 Luigi Fioravanti UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens TKO (Punches) 1 4:39 Tampa, Florida, US
December 13, 2008 Win 6–2 Kevin Burns UFC: The Ultimate Finale 8 KO (Head Kick) 3 0:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Won Knockout of the Night Honors
July 19, 2008 Loss 5–2 Kevin Burns UFC: Silva vs. Irvin TKO (Eye Poke) 3 3:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Burns accidentally poked Johnson in the eye, rendering him unable to continue. Burns was awarded the TKO victory.
April 2, 2008 Win 5–1 Tommy Speer UFC Fight Night 13 KO (Punches) 1 0:51 Broomfield, Colorado, US
September 22, 2007 Loss 4–1 Rich Clementi UFC 76: Knockout Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 3:05 Anaheim, California, US Catchweight of 177.5 lb.
June 12, 2007 Win 4–0 Chad Reiner UFC Fight Night 10 KO (Punches) 1 0:13 Hollywood, Florida, US
September 16, 2006 Win 3–0 Keith Wilson Rocky Mountain Nationals: Demolition Decision (Split) 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado
September 16, 2006 Win 2–0 Rich Moskowitz Rocky Mountain Nationals: Demolition Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado
August 16, 2006 Win 1–0 Jonathan Romero Pangea Fights 2: Tinsel Town Battle TKO (Punches) 1 1:09 Hollywood, California

7 wins at 170 lbs. 1 win at 176 lbs. 1 loss at 177.5 lbs then 1 by poke in eye and Kos. Rich Clementi UFC 76 fight was a short notice fight and couldnt make weight. Burns poked Johnson in eye ( we all no that bullshit call ) shouldnt have been a loss to Johnson. And the Kos Fight... October 24, 2009 Yoshiyuki Yoshida, November 21, 2009 Josh Koscheck *One month*. Johnson WILL make weight and WIN.
ghostboner- December 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Ok well how about you go ahead and look up the gif and check this out

hxxp://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/11/23/1170211/evidence-of-anthony-johnson-poking

and I'll watch the fight again and see if I think Fraggle was getting owned. And you still didn't explain how receiving an eyepoke translates to getting handily owned on the ground, or how trying to beat up on people half your size makes you cool.
Canadian Chronic- December 29, 2010 at 5:48 am
@ghostboner

watch the fight again, Kos was getting owned, fuckin owned, thats why he pulled that shit with the fake knee AND he grabbed the wrong eye that was supposedly hurt. AJ throws the knee, then a looping right hand, of which the fingers graze Kos' eye and then the acting starts.

C'mon, if the barbies that carry the ring cards can see it, u should be able to too.

the fight should been called a no contest. AJs' knee hits Kos in the forearm, Kos' forearmhits him in the head, no foul. whatsoever. Nowhere in the rule book does it say u cant knee a downed fighter in the forearms. If Kos didn't cheat his way thru that fight why did he get so upset when the "murse" was givin him shit about it on the TUF?

ghostboner- December 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm
Johnson's next fight needs to be John Howard.

Hardy should fight Nate Diaz.
ghostboner- December 27, 2010 at 11:08 pm
@Canuck Reefer - You are out to lunch. Kos was more than holding his own in that fight on the feet, and I really don't see how an eyepoke translates into getting owned once the fight hits the mat. What, he was so concerned about his eye that he couldn't grapple? Puh leeze. He got owned by Kos plain and simple. On top of that, Johnson has no business at WW. If you try to cut down 3 weight classes and still miss weight (twice), you are a bunghole, andimo a worse cheater than someone who fakes a knee to the dome.(which I believe was later verified to have been AJ's thumb actually poking Kos's eye according to a gif on Rogan's site)

Also, GSP's ape technique would put Rumble down and quickly.
RSparrow- December 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm
@Chronic

You are RIGHT ON with this shit brother.

Think about the WW division, I think Rumble could give GSP the absolute best fight. Condit's no slouch, he's actually a really tough opponent, but Johnson is the only chance we have of seeing a new champ. I know I'll catch shit for that, but I've always liked the dude. Kos was such a bitch in that fight...

BEEFCAKE
Canadian Chronic- December 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm
@Videodrome

I glad other ppl remember it the way it went down, kos being a dirty lil bitch about shit. AJ was kicking ass but after that eyepoke its like all the fight in him left toute suite. I'll admit that I was really surprised he let Kos sink that choke in so quickly. I thought AJ was better than what he showed in that fight.
Videodrome_NOW- December 27, 2010 at 11:48 am
@Candian
Hey, in no way am I sticking up for Kos, I just thought at the time that Johnson was a lot better than he showed. Kos totally wanked out in that fight and most people just sort of shrugged that bullshit off.

@MRuss
I agree. Except I'm hoping Brian Foster gets Alves next.
Mike Russell- December 27, 2010 at 11:21 am
 Hardy vs. Alves would be a better fight IMO... 
Canadian Chronic- December 27, 2010 at 11:15 am
watch the fight again, the second time AJ gets poked in the eye

Kos is throwing a left hand, unclenches his fist, extends his finger fully and sticks them in AJs' eye

fuckin dirty fighter
Canadian Chronic- December 27, 2010 at 11:10 am
kos took him down after he faked getting hit in the eye, took 5 mins to rest form the beating AJ was giving him, then came back and eyepoked AJ not once but twice! then took him down and choked him out, let those two have at'er again n we'll see something completely different.

AJ had just finished rehab from eye surgery from getting poked in a previous fight, I can see him being a little concerned about his sight and not the fight. Fuckin dirty Kos.

Aj is gonna eat em alive
Videodrome_NOW- December 27, 2010 at 10:55 am
Are you kidding me?? Why are they making this fight instead of Hardy vs. Koscheck?? A.J. was alright when he knocked a cuple dudes out, but looked like shit against Kos and it's been a long time since his last fight so why give him such a high profile fight? Is it because they want to give Hardy an easier test in the wrestling dept. first? Before Kos DHs him and calls him not-so-nice names?
cecils_pupils- December 27, 2010 at 10:15 am
leeeeooopaaaaard.... exotic leeeooopard.
Payday- December 27, 2010 at 9:50 am
Holy hell! Looks like Rumble got a hold of some Weight Gain 4000.
donfryesmustache- December 27, 2010 at 9:45 am
If Koscheck can take him down & choke him out then he will get rolled by GSP regardless if he makes weight. Hardy gets TKO by hungry gorilla punch
Canadian Chronic- December 27, 2010 at 9:36 am
IF Johnson makes weight, he's gonna kill Hardy. Am I alone in thinking this is the WW divisions last chance at giving GSP a decent matchup?

The guys a JUCO wrestling champ, is fuckin huge for WW and has got dynamite in his hands. GSP wont be around in the division long enuff for him to get a chance but I always thought that he'd be the one to give GSP a run for the title
nicey- December 27, 2010 at 9:32 am
look at the pic of the FAT rumble johnson above. what is with his head?? it looks like its misshapen, like the right side of his skull (when facing the picture) was caved in a bit? am i the only one that thinks fatty johnsons head looks quite odd?? and godam he looks as terrible as james irvin when he's cut weight dear moses!
Maine Blazer- December 27, 2010 at 9:07 am
I'm with Ninja on this one: Johsnon doesn't make weight he's gone. Not even winning TUF can save you from something like that anymore these days.
Lysol- December 27, 2010 at 9:01 am
Hmmm....reminds me of Sakara vs. Rivera. Hopefully, the rest of the card isn't full of boring decisions. And hopefully AJ doesn't try to drop 60 lbs through a tuna diet.
hinduheat- December 27, 2010 at 9:00 am
Rumble is so huge at 170, huge reach. I like his chances in this fight.

I don't know why - but I see Hardy going for a TD.

NinjaVanish- December 27, 2010 at 8:43 am
If you miss weight three times, you should be cut. Act like a fucking professional and not like you are doing the UFC a service by fighting for them. I hope Hardy knocks this guy out
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