Now that Anthony Johnson is free and clear of the domestic violence charges against him -- which were recently dismissed in court -- "Rumble" can get back to doing what he does best inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage.
Johnson is pegged to take on former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title contender, Alexander Gustafsson, in the main event of UFC on FOX 14, which is set to pop off inside the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Jan. 24, 2015.
See their first staredown here.
Speaking to Kimura.se, Johnson says he's glad all the legal issues are behind him and looks forward to testing himself and seeing where he is as a fighter by facing the toughest combatant he has yet to encounter. Which is saying a lot, considering Johnson went toe-to-toe with one of the all-time greats in Vitor Belfort.
And though it's no secret current 205-pound champion Jon Jones is the greatest fighter to ever compete in the division, Johnson says no one can deny the fact that Alexander is just as much of a "beast" as Jon is.
"Of course, he's (Gustafsson) definitely my toughest opponent. Have you seen that guy fight? He moves well, he punches well and he doesn't really get hit. I think the only person that really hit him was Jon Jones a couple of times. You see the difference between Jon Jones and Alexander after that fight. Jones is a beast, don't get me wrong, he's the greatest of all time at 205 and he's proven that over and over again. But, Alexander is a beast too. I'm honored to be in the same weight class as those two guys. So, to me that's exciting. Hopefully I get old and grey and I can sit down and sit by the campfire and talk to the younger generation and tell them, 'hey, this is what I did when I was in my prime.' Hopefully I can tell some good stories when I'm old."
What would make the story have a fairy tale ending is if "Rumble" can knock Gustafsson off on his way to a potential title fight against the aforementioned Jones.
Or Daniel Cormier, if "DC" manages to dethrone "Bones" when they collide in the main event of UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 215 in Ls Vegas, Nevada.
Either way, Johnson has no shortage of tough challenges ahead of him, starting with Gustafsson.