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Anthony Johnson reveals he has no plans to stick around the heavyweight division after his bout against Andrei Arlovski at WSOF 2 this weekend (March 23, 2013) and will return to the light heavyweight division unless his fight against "The Pitbull" warrants an instant rematch.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Anthony Johnson will move up to the heavyweight division to take on Andrei Arlovski this weekend (March 23, 2013) in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 2 main event, which goes down at Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Just don't expect him to stay too long.
"Rumble" revealed that he is one-and-most-likely-done after his 265-pound limit bout against "The Pitbull," planning on going back down to the light heavyweight division after the bold experiment. However, if his bout against the former UFC heavyweight champion is "good" enough to warrant a rematch, he might stick around for one more turn.
Johnson had this to say during the WSOF 2 conference call that took place earlier today (March 19, 2013):
"My man Ray Sefo and Ali asked me to take another fight at heavyweight. This is probably my only fight at heavyweight right now. 205 is still where I want to be. We'll see. Hopefully this is going to be a good show. Maybe if this fight is good, they'll want to see a rematch and we'll do it again."
In addition, Johnson revealed that he is currently tipping the scales at 235 pounds and doesn't expect to be bigger than that come fight night. He made the move to the 205-pound division last August after weight-cutting issues -- coupled with a loss to Vitor Belfort -- ultimately cost him his UFC job after he failed to make weight for his 185-pound fight against "The Phenom" at UFC 142 in Jan. 2012.
That was the third time during his stint with the Zuffa-owned promotion that "Rumble" failed to hit the required weight limit, prompting company president Dana White to label Johnson "unprofessional."
Johnson also downplayed White's claims that his bout against Arlovksi wasn't "legitimate" because of the size discrepancy, declaring he hasn't competed at welterweight in more than one year and now considers himself to be a true light heavyweight.
Time will tell.