Buried deep under the massive avalanche of coverage surrounding Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor rematch tonight (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016) at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Nevada, title hopeful Anthony Johnson mustn't be overlooked. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight title challenger will look to dispose of Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira in UFC 202's co-main event.
But before his battle opposite Teixeira -- who calmly knocked Rashad Evans out cold at UFC on FOX 19 this past April -- Even though he now doesn't want to talk about him, Johnson recently sat down with Mustafa G. of MMA Noise to discuss former UFC champion Jon Jones, his past fights with Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson, his thoughts on the impending Diaz vs McGregor rematch and a few other hot topics (shown above, courtesy of Louder Noise).
Here is an excerpt of Johnson's conversation regarding Jones:
"He's still the best. He's still the best in my opinion. He might not be on the map right now because of the situation he has to deal with, but he's still the best. To me, he'll still go down in history as the best."
And here is an excerpt of Johnson's conversation about his first-round knockout defeat of Gustafsson back at UFC on FOX 14:
"His corner was stupid enough to let me hear what the next move was going to be. He poked me in the eye and his coach said, 'push kick.' And when they said it I was like, 'Okay.' And he did it! I didn't think he'd do it that fast, but he did it. As soon as he did it, naturally I just throw a right hand to counter it and it landed."
Check out the rest of the video for Johnson's take on his title loss to "DC" at UFC 187, his thoughts on McGregor, trashtalking an opponent, weird weight cuts and dominating first rounds like Mike Tyson.
If "Rumble" is able to defeat Teixeira this weekend at UFC 202, he'll essentially lock down No. 1 contender rights for a rematch with Cormier later this year, possibly at UFC 205 in New York City.