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In Case You Missed It: Anthony Johnson Gets Eye-Poked, Turns Opponent Into Falling Tree [VIDEO]

Anthony Johnson picked up his third consecutive victory at 205 pounds over the weekend at World Series of Fighting 1, and while we described the moment as best we could, words simply don’t do justice to this Knockout of the Year candidate. Check out the moment above, in which Johnson, owner of the most cursed retinas in MMA, gets poked in the eye during an exchange with DJ Linderman, then immediately responds by turning Linderman into lumber with a single right straight. Even Johnson’s former boss was impressed.

After the fight, Johnson began speculating wildly (our favorite kind of speculation!) about how crazy it would be if the WSOF decided to book him against Andrei Arlovski:

I thought about that fight too, I’d take it if they offered it to me. I was actually thinking about it today. I was thinking about it today whenever I watched the fights, I watched the whole card today, and I was like it would be crazy if I got to fight Andrei Arlovski…If it happened, I would accept it. Andrei’s a great athlete. I remember when he won the title, I remember when he lost the title, I’ve followed his career. He’s a great fighter, a real athlete, a real fighter too, so it would be an honor to fight him. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. That’s just something that popped in my head this morning, what if it did happen? That would be crazy.”

That would indeed be crazy — especially considering that AJ was competing successfully at 170 pounds as recently as October 2011. Then again, their size difference isn’t much of a difference at all. Arlovski was also victorious in his World Series of Fighting appearance, TKO’ing Devin Cole in the first round of the show’s main event. Arlovski has now gone four fights without suffering a scary concussion, which is as impressive an accomplishment as anything else that happened this weekend. Check out the Arlovski vs. Cole fight after the jump, and tell us who you think would win the hypothetical moneyweight matchup between Rumble and the Pitbull.


  1. Canseco_MMA Says:

    Tue, 11/06/12 - 07:22

    Seems like WSOF could viably make itself into a respectable promotion. I wonder what the first criticism of the baldfather will be? I bet they offer a billion dollars for arlovski's walk out song.
  2. Fried Taco Says:

    Tue, 11/06/12 - 07:53

    I don't know if Rumble could handle not cutting any weight. They might have to roll him to the cage.
  3. Kid Clam Curtains Says:

    Tue, 11/06/12 - 08:03

    Rumble looks a little bloated and soft at 205 (I mean, for a chiseled black man). Too bad he sucks so bad at cutting weight because 185 seems like a much better option. He's a big 185er but pretty small for LHW. He certainly wouldn't have a power or wrestling advantage over the monsters at 205 in the UFC.
  4. WampaStompa Says:

    Tue, 11/06/12 - 09:46

    You thought he looked small? I dunno man, he looked bigger than Linderman in that fight. He's definitely not as cut as he was at 170, but he might make up for that by not being drained from all the weight cutting
  5. Clyde Says:

    Tue, 11/06/12 - 09:51

    Taco's got a point there. I'd be tempted to put money on Rumble's hands over Arlovski's chin if he came in as the underdog. Probably best to take a look at him a week before the fight though in case he does look like he won't make 265...
  6. GistoftheFist Says:

    Tue, 11/06/12 - 12:37

    DJ must have been worried about retaliation because as soon as he hit the mat he quickly protected his nuts with his right hand.
  7. teep Says:

    Tue, 11/06/12 - 01:53

    I am just impressed that Johnson made weight. This is the real story.
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