Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) No. 1 light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson seems to be putting a strong emphasis striking for his upcoming UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) title fight against Jon Jones.
"Rumble" recently brought in GLORY heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven to help him prepare for Jones, and now Johnson will be bringing in another GLORY kickboxer.
Filip Verlinden, the No. 4 ranked GLORY middleweight, confirmed to MMAMania on Saturday (April 18, 2015) that he too is headed to South Florida to join the Blackzilians camp.
Verlinden said he will be in the camp for four weeks before he heads back home to Holland for his May 24th fight against Fred Sikking, which headlines a fight card for "The Best" kickboxing promotion. The Belgian native last fought in August of last year, picking up a decision win against Corentin Jallon at Fight Night Saint-Tropez 2 in France.
His last fight in GLORY was in the semi-final round of the Last Man Standing tournament, where he lost a unanimous decision to current GLORY middleweight champion, Artem Levin. In the quarter-final round, Verlinden defeated Melvin Manhoef by unanimous decision.
"The Belgian Bull," is 43-12-1 overall and 5-4 in GLORY, where he has competed at heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight.
With two of the best kickboxers in tow, Johnson's striking game -- which has been extremely impressive in his last few fights -- should be sharper than ever. The one-round mauling of Alexander Gustafsson back in January at UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden catapulted the Georgia native to No. 1 contender status. Jones, who has held the UFC light heavyweight title for over four years, will be looking to defend it for a ninth straight time.
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