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Anthony Johnson feels bad for Alexander Gustafsson after knocking him out at UFC on FOX 14

Because "The Mauler" has been through hell and back trying to get a rematch against Jon Jones, and "Rumble" can sympathize with that.

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Just because Anthony Johnson is a 205-pound wrecking machine with enough power in his hands to lay out an elephant, doesn't mean he can't feel bad for knocking out his opponents.

At least, that was the case when he did that very thing to Alexander Gustafsson a few weeks back at UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm, Sweden, as "Rumble" finished "The Mauler" in the very first round via strikes (video replay here) in front of the Swede's hometown crowd.

So why, after defeating one of the best light heavyweights in the world and earning his first-ever shot at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gold, did Johnson feel bad for his opponent?

Because Anthony -- a self-described emotional guy -- didn't like to see his fallen foe shedding tears inside the cage after losing out on the chance to vie for the light heavyweight title, and a potential rematch against Jon Jones. As Johnson declared on The MMA Hour, Gus has gone through hell and back trying to return to the big dance and being the one to crush his dreams wasn't a good feeling.

His words:

"I did (feel bad) because we all knew what the deal was before the fight. He was supposed to have his title shot and then he got injured, and then Jon and D.C. had their beef going on. So, they let that fight continue even though one of them got hurt. So, Alex should have had his title shot then. It should have been Alex's shot instead of D.C. This is UFC, this is their business and they do what they have to do. It just seems like he'd been through hell and back trying to get his rematch for a title and he just didn't get his opportunity again. I mean, I felt bad for him. So, when he was crying, that's what was going through my head, like, damn, his dreams just got shot to hell. He's the only guy I've ever felt like that for."

Johnson will now face Jon Jones for the 205-pound title sometime this summer.

As for Gus, he'll go back to the drawing board, but not necessarily the back of the line. As the current No. 2 ranked fighter in the division, Alex can get himself right back in the title picture with one or two impressive wins.

We know it won't be Daniel Cormier next for the towering Swede, so who do you think it should be?


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