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Do Yourself a Favor and Check Out Anthony Johnson’s Pre-Fight Video Journal: “Rumble in Rio”

Fight journals are an interesting batch of film. More often than not, they are a simple collection of offhand moments in a fighter’s life, usually preempting/hyping an upcoming fight. They are of varying interest levels, but usually reside somewhere between “been there, done that” and “would rather watch new Meisha Tate interview.” However, every now again, we are treated to a stylized, slickly edited piece of film that, regardless of it’s content, is able to pique our interest. We’ve seen it before with the fantastic web series The Reem, and today we’ve managed to stumble over another exceptional fight journal, that of Anthony Johnson, who maybe be looking at a future title shot if he gets past Vitor Belfort at UFC 142, which goes down in less than a week in Rio De Janerio, Brazil.

Brought to us compliments of Authentic Sports Management, “Rumble in Rio” separates itself from the humdrum, so to speak, with great production quality, sharp editing, a little narration, and even some ominous music thrown in at opportune times, all the while showcasing the training footage and behind-the-scenes moments that we are accustomed to. Make sure to check out the clip from an intense sparring session between “Rumble” and TUF 12 finalist Michael Johnson (3:20) at the minimum.

I must say I really enjoyed the use of black and white as well, and as a graduate in film studies, I’ve seen it woefully misused in more films then I’d care to recount. Yes, I know Following was good, but Christopher Nolan you are not.

Anyway, check out the journal, and let us know what you think in the comments section.


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Fletch the V Stretch- January 10, 2012 at 8:55 am
@Jizzninja: Josh Koskchek, at one time Dan Hardy
jizzninja- January 10, 2012 at 8:19 am
Seems like Rumble has been fighting forever yet he never fights any notible fighters. I'm sure I'm wrong and I'm too lazy to google it but who has he fought that's a top ten?
Fletch the V Stretch- January 10, 2012 at 7:50 am
Vitor p4p one of the hardest hitters in MMA? I say YES.
XENOPHON- January 10, 2012 at 7:28 am
@RB Says
If rumble can't slip those V.B. high speed bombs, his ass is grass.
snakey- January 10, 2012 at 5:36 am
I think Quinton will be OK without your advice guys. I think his record shows that.Especially your prompt to overdose RwilsonR aka loser.
fsdfrtet- January 10, 2012 at 5:30 am
pokerpromagazine- January 10, 2012 at 2:15 am
I am impressed with this article, so informative to learn a lot and share with my close friends and colleagues.
RwilsonR- January 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm
^ Good point. He's always been a guy whose talent is entirely based on motivation. I was at his unmotivated Rashad fight and fell asleep in the seats watching an obviously outmatched Rashad push a disgustingly unmotivated Quinton up against the fence for three rounds. He should just film A-Team 2, then pass on in a horrible yet entirely predictable sleeping pill overdose.
RSparrow- January 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm
For real this time. DONE
RSparrow- January 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm
I watched Inside MMA tonight, and its really bothering me how Quinton said he doesnt care if he wins or loses. Pretty sure the heart's gone... and he never once stepped up against King Mo's shit talking... I think we've seen the last of Quinton guys...
RwilsonR- January 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Actually, Danga, you should write your own screenplay and see if you can get Gina to read for a part... one that involves lots of nudity. Doesn't matter if you sell the movie, just play it off like you're bigtime and film the auditions. I happen to know for a fact that hot chicks can very easily be talked into a lot of crazy shit if it is an audition. At least that's what RealityKings has taught me.
RwilsonR- January 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm
@ Danga - So basically, one of the hard sciences, then? At least you're a scotch drinker.
Todd M- January 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm
^ *finishes bottle of scotch, stares aimlessly out window* You forgot the close up of the single tear rolling down your time worn face, fin.
DangadaDang- January 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm
It's actually a degree in creative/screenplay writing, film studies, and music production, but yeah...tough job market out there. *finishes bottle of scotch, stares aimlessly out window*
RB- January 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm
... no, no he is not. Mostly because he is only human.
RwilsonR- January 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm
Looking for a Middleweight title shot? I still think he is a couple wins away. Don't get me wrong, Anthony Johnson has a good number of wins as a Middleweight... they are just against Welterweights.
john.bitch- January 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Danga, your use of the word "then" is woefully misused. Twice.
XENOPHON- January 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm
Gamblers Question:
Is Johnson fast enough to slip V.B. punches during the first round and a half?
itsgalf- January 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm
geeze, he's bigger than Rashad Evans.
Dirt- January 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm
I love that he says "I'm the one coming up from a smaller weight class", hilarious!
skeletor- January 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Overeem looks ripped in this video. Why is he fighting Belfort for a third time?
RwilsonR- January 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm
A graduate in film studies? Why am I not surprised?
Kid Clam Curtains- January 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm
I wonder if I can get into the blackzillians. Seems like my kind of crew. I'm white and nonathletic...not sure if that matters.
IronClad- January 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm
But your lil kiddy dick was just as aroused.
Fried Taco- January 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Not as good as some pornos I've seen.