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Here Comes Anthony Johnson With a Bucket of Haterade For John Howard’s Victory Party

(Anthony Johnson mugs for the camera, seemingly unaware that he’s about to lose the last member of his entourage to a sausage that has fallen on the ground.)

You didn’t think Anthony Johnson was just going to let his hated rival, John Howard, enjoy a sweet knockout victory at ‘UFC Live’ on Sunday, did you? Naw, playa. The first rule of an MMA rivalry is that you find a way to denigrate any and all of the other guy’s accomplishments. The second rule? See if you can’t find some clever way to mock his nickname. “Rumble” has at least one of those bases covered in a recent talk with, where he managed to make Howard’s brain-rattling knockout of Daniel Roberts seem like a narrow escape:

"Howard ain’t got no stand-up at all. He’s lucky Roberts wasn’t stronger or he probably would have gotten submitted. …Howard is soft; he doesn’t belong in the UFC. I will be glad to show him this if he’s my next opponent. But congratulations on your win. If you fight me like that, you won’t survive. You better work on that stand-up buddy!"

We’ll grant Johnson that Howard did have some trouble in the opening moments of the fight, and he was facing an Octagon newcomer, but the violent finish to that bout makes it hard to say that he doesn’t belong in the UFC.

At least, it’s hard if you’re bound by a desire to express only rational and reasonable opinions, and that’s not how fight rivalries work. Instead, they hinge on each party’s willingness to just say stuff. Whatever pops into their head, really. The more outlandish and incendiary the better. Johnson knows this. Now Howard does too.

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rmc330- March 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm
Anthony Johnson is a pussy. He walks around at 220+, but cuts down to 170 because he's scared to fight guys his own size. On top of that, he never makes weight - why does the UFC let him fight at 170 still?? His last few fights he's weighed in up to as much as 176lbs. Why don't you grow a pair of balls and fight 185? Or even 205? Pussy.
Fried Taco- March 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm
I didn't realize K-Mart was sponsoring fighters now, too.
Optimus Crime- March 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm
"Can't we all just get along" ~ Rodney King~
Steffmeister- March 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm
Seeing how I lost 200 bucks on that fight, I'm with Mr. Johnson on this one!

P.S. I hope Mr. Falling-over-slowly's balance improves before his next fight....
Frank Mur- March 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm
ghostboner- March 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Hey, I'm the Assman!

@getoffme - Johnson looks good when he is fighting un-ranked dudes who are way smaller than him. When he fights someone like Koscheck, he doesn't look as good.

I still think he has some potential, but he needs to get comfortable fighting at MW.
Clyde- March 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Ass Jburg?
Jburg- March 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm
How to mock a nickname: Add "Ass" to it.

The Ass Punisher
The Ass Murderer
Ass Rampage
The Assman
Mr.U- March 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm
google: extreme bully pitbulls.
831 Father- March 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm
@ctownhood: No, it's Arlovski.
k-onda- March 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Oh widdle iddle puppy-kins, who's my cutie, puppy-wuppy wid da spiked collar, who's the tough widdle doggy, you are!! Oh, and Rumble's too into himself, whatever, it happens.
825IVER- March 23, 2010 at 11:01 am
man i miss my dog :(
ctownhood- March 23, 2010 at 10:54 am
The pitbull? Is that Thiago Alves?
superflat- March 23, 2010 at 10:43 am
Mark my words the pitbull's going to make waves in the WEC flyweight division.
cecils_pupils- March 23, 2010 at 10:38 am
Poor doggy... he looks so sad. :(
Viva Hate- March 23, 2010 at 10:13 am
Johnson appears to be squeaking out a fart baed upon the angle of lean and the uncomfortable look on his face.
destinationblood- March 23, 2010 at 10:11 am
Does anyone else get the image of a neanderthal skull when they see anthony johnsons face/head?
kirk92- March 23, 2010 at 10:03 am
Everyone is talking about Johnson, but the landscape in the background is simply breathtaking!
Get Off Me- March 23, 2010 at 9:42 am
Is that bitch pregnant? Anthony got some explaining to do......

I am not sold on Rumble just yet, the Kos sub was an underlining factor.
Johnson is sketchy, sometimes looks great and sometimes not so great.
The point is I feel there are fighters who can trash talk and some who haven't earned their proverbial stripes yet, Johson falls into that category.
I say let the cage be the judge with these two.
Bunk- March 23, 2010 at 9:36 am
This photo gives the phrase "Yo Dawg" new meaning
VisitingDeadAncestors- March 23, 2010 at 9:35 am
ctownhood- March 23, 2010 at 9:33 am
says the guy who got tapped out by Kos
Captain Cannabis- March 23, 2010 at 9:28 am
Sweet! Some more black on black crime!