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Anthony Johnson expressed his hatred for John 'Doomsday' Howard last week after his win over Dan hardy, when he said this,
"The welterweight division is so stacked that if you call out one person, you got to call everybody out, There’s only one person who I really hate – John Howard. But he got beat up by Thiago, so he ain’t ready for me yet. So, we’ll see. Whoever they give me I guess I just have to be ready for it."
MMA Weekly caught up with John Howard to see what all the beef was about, and Howard was more than happy to explain. It seems these two really do hate each other.
"He started the beef about a year ago, what happened was, (the UFC) offered the fight to me for my second fight in the UFC. And I told them, ‘no, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’m still new in the UFC and I still want to be making some money out of it, and don’t want to be fighting some of the top 20 guys already.’ He took it like, oh, I was scared, I’m a (expletive), I’m a (expletive) and all this. And then call me a ‘cotton picker.I got really uptight about that. The beef is real, I can’t stand that cat. I hate that kid. The feeling is mutual."
(Talks about Dan Hardy fight)
"He talks all this (expletive), ‘yo, I’m going to stand and bang,’" he said. "What’d he do? He (expletive) out and took him down. I’m not saying it wasn’t a smart strategy. Maybe it was, but don’t come up like, ‘oh, I’m going to stand and bang. I’m a hardcore mother (expletive).’ And then when push comes to shove, you take down and you go the (expletive) way out.At least, when I fought Thiago, yes, Thiago beat me, but I stood and banged with a mother (expletive)."
"Yeah, I definitely want to shut that dude up, man," he said. "It’s one of those fights where I don’t care about winning or losing. I just want to smash this dude. I think it’s better to (have it) happen in the UFC before it gets to the streets. That’s how bad it is between me and him. I don’t like this kid. I think he’s a big bully. That’s why he cuts so much weight," Howard said of Johnson. "That’s why he fights guys five times smaller than him. Unfortunately, with me, I’m not that small. Where I come from, I don’t give a (expletive). The bigger they are, the harder they fall. It’s about to get real ugly."
Is this a grudge match you would want to see Maniacs? Who do you believe would be the victor?