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Anthony Johnson, a talented but troubled fighter who has long struggled with weight throughout his career, has finally found the right weight class after years of trial and error.
It's amazing that it took this long but Anthony Johnson has finally had the revelation Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White wishes he would have when he was still fighting inside the Octagon.
He's a light heavyweight, not a welterweight.
This is something the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) world has known for years but it took forever for "Rumble" to come around, trying and failing -- time and again -- to fight at 170-pounds when his body is built for 205.
After his crushing one-punch knockout victory over D.J. Linderman at WSOF 1: "Arlovski vs. Cole" last night (Sat., Nov. 3, 2012) at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, Johnson admitted to Sherdog.com it was the best decision he's ever made.
"I was always upset. I hated everybody if I was dropping to 170 [pounds], especially on weigh-in day. Everything happens for a reason. I don't take back anything that happened in my past, because if it hadn't happened back then, I wouldn't be who I am right now. Moving to [light heavyweight] was definitely the best decision that I've ever made in my life."
After getting cut from the UFC following a loss to Vitor Belfort in January of this year, one in which he missed weight again, he decided to move up in weight. But even then, he couldn't make a 195-pound catchweight in his next bout and finally he made the decision to go to 205-pounds right after.
He's 3-0 since, all wins coming by way of knockout.
So here's the obvious question, Maniacs: Would you like to see Johnson back in the UFC but in light heavyweight division?