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Anthony Johnson: I only want to fight for UFC title and if I have to wait a year, I will

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) decides to heed the advice of this retired mixed martial arts (MMA) star and strip Jon Jones of the light heavyweight title, then it's safe to say a new champion will be crowned in 2015, with Anthony Johnson filling one half of the two required to tango.

As for the other half? That's debatable.

But if Jones is found innocent of hit-and-run charges (more on that story here), or the promotion opts to keep the strap in the house of "Bones," then "Rumble" will begrudgingly sit on the sidelines -- even if it takes a year -- instead of accepting another fight.

"I only want to fight for the title," Johnson told UFC Tonight (via MMA Fighting). "I feel like I've worked my way up to being the No. 1 contender, and I plan on staying that way. Unless it's for a title, I don't want to be like Vitor and wait a year. But if I have to, I will."

Blackzilian team mate Vitor Belfort has been waiting for a middleweight title shot since early 2014, though in his case, he's partly responsible for some of the delays.

Johnson is expected to challenge Jones for the light heavyweight title in the main event of the upcoming UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza on May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, perhaps ignoring this prediction that foretold of a fight-card switcheroo.

Unfortunately, the decision of "will he or won't he" is out of his hands.

For now.

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