Anthony Johnson is one of the hottest light heavyweights in the UFC, but he still wouldn’t mind locking up with down-and-out heavyweight Alistair Overeem. The two former teammates have exchanged insults and allegations in recent weeks, with Johnson saying that Overeem was a selfish and dangerous training partner back when he did work with the Blackzilians team in Florida.
“I’ll fight him, I don’t care. I’ve already trained with him before. Why not? To me it’s just a fight. If the fans want to see it, I’m down to do it. I ain’t said ‘no’ to any fight ever,” Johnson claimed in a recent interview.
“I’d meet him at a catchweight. If he wanted to meet me at 225, let’s do it. Or whatever, 220, I’d do that. Or I’d meet at 230 at the dot, if he was down to go that far. Let’s do it. Even if I fought him, it’s a dangerous fight. He’s still got weapons that are crazy. He was hitting Ben with some crazy knees. He’s a dangerous fighter still, but I’d definitely test him.”
The heavyweight class weight limit is 265 pounds and Overeem has often been close to that mark. Johnson used to compete in the UFC’s welterweight division.
Johnson has also won his last eight fights and Overeem has lost three out of his last four. As such, each man is on a quite different path in their respective division.
Clearly, AJ is confident in his skills after sparring with Overeem in the gym. The smaller man insists that he would take the fight, simply because of personal animosity and acknowledges that Overeem would be a dangerous fight for him.
“I don’t have anything against him as a fighter,” he said.
“I think he’s a beast when it comes to fighting. My things were other personal stuff.”
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