WSOF's Anthony Johnson ready to ‘Rumble’ against Andrei Arlovski at Heavyweight

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Having competed in three weight classes already, Anthony Johnson says he isn't opposed to making it four, competing at Heavyweight in a World Series of Fighting (WSOF) super showdown opposite former UFC champion, Andrei Arlovski.

It may be a bit premature for World Series Of Fighting (WSOF), but there is one bout already being mentioned as a potential "super fight" for the upstart mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.

Anthony Johnson vs. Andrei Arlovski.

Both men participated in and sparkled at the inaugural WSOF 1 event this past weekend (Nov. 2, 2012), which went down at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, defeating their opponents with relative ease.

"The Pitbull" knocked out Devin Cole in the opening frame of their heavyweight contest, while "Rumble" took a few minutes longer to put D.J. Linderman to sleep in his light heavyweight debut.

So a match up between the two strikers is inevitable, right?

Anything is possible, but if the bout is offered to him, Johnson tells MMA Weekly he'd be up for the challenge:

"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."

Not having to nearly kill himself trying to make weight to compete at welterweight and middleweight, "Rumble" believes making the move to the 205-pound division is the best career decision he's made.

Should Johnson make the jump up in weight, he'd enter exclusive company alongside Kenny Florian and Joe Riggs as notable fighters who have competed in four different weight classes.

How about it, Maniacs, would you be interested in seeing a heavyweight showdown between Arlovski and Johnson? Or should we wait until one or both of them have titles in their respective divisions for the promotion before we label this a "super fight?"

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