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Short notice fights are easy when you don't have to cut 60 pounds.
When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White made the decision to cancel the UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which was scheduled for Sept. 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, he did so after running out of fighters (not named Chael Sonnen) willing to challenge Jon Jones on just eight days notice.
He should have called Anthony Johnson.
That's because "Rumble," who's long-since abandoned his quest to stay competitive as a welterweight, insists he was willing to replace Dan Henderson as soon as news broke that "Hendo" had withdrawn from the "Sin City" fight card due to a bum knee.
Those comments (via Bloody Elbow) after the jump.
"They should have called me when Dan Henderson got hurt. I would have taken that fight, no problem. I wouldn't have said no. I'll fight anybody. It doesn't matter when or where. They could throw me in with Joe Shmo, and I would fight him. It doesn't matter to me. So many guys want to be champions, and they train and pray and damn near die to get in the position that he's in. When you get to that position, you're not supposed to say 'No' to competition. You're the champion for a reason. You're supposed to say, 'Ok, let's do it. I accept every challenge there is out there.' Who cares if it was eight days notice? You're supposed to be well prepared for everything, no matter what. That showed me that he wasn't prepared. He wasn't ready for whatever was going to be thrown at him. I personally think he was a little confused and shaken up by the whole situation, and seeing how Chael has great cardio, and continually moves forward, I think that worried Jon. Chael comes to fight. He doesn't play around. It is what it is, and only Jon and his trainers really know why they made that decision."
Johnson (12-4) is now 2-0 as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter after getting his ZUFFA pink slip and signing with Titan Fighting Championship. "Rumble" blasted his way to a first round technical knockout (TKO) win over Arizona's Esteves Jones in his light heavyweight debut as one half of the Titan FC 24 main event last month in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Blackzilian will next headline Xtreme Fight Night 9 against Jake Rosholt on Sept. 21 in Tulsa.
How about it Maniacs, anyone think this would have made for an intriguing match-up? Or has a history of hard weight cuts scrambled his brains?