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Rumble Johnson is Dan Hardy’s Perfect Opponent

Written on January 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Why shouldn't I fight Rumble now? I didn't come to the UFC looking for easy fights. This is a great fight for me to get some momentum back and I'm very excited about it." --- Dan Hardy

After confirming that he is set to face Rumble Johnson at UFC Fight Night 24, Dan Hardy has rejected the idea that he should have avoided his next opponent. Dan Hardy is intent in bouncing his career back from consecutive defeats courtesy of George St-Pierre and Carlos Condit last year. Meanwhile, Rumble Johnson also needs a victory after being distressed by Josh Koscheck. In addition to this, Rumble Johnson has been in hiatus since 2009. Still, he is distinct with his killer strikes. That is why many questions Dan Hardy’s decision to meet his next opponent.

“I am coming off a bad loss and have something to prove as well. Both of us are desperate for a win and neither can afford a loss. It’s a great match, I think the best match on the card and the one the fans will look forward to.”

The welterweight battle between Dan Hardy and Rumble Johnson is set to take place on March 26. Whose hand will be raised this time? Share your insights by leaving a comment.

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Michael Johnson Talks About the Phan-Paige Fight

Written on October 15, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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After four matches, Team Koscheck were able to get their first victory as Nam Phan defeated Spencer Paige. And yes, they were very happy about that. However, Michael Johnson thinks that they are over celebrating.

This week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter is the best fight by a mile, with Team Koscheck’s Nam Phan outperforming Team GSP’s Spencer Paige. In an interview by Michael David Smith, Michael Johnson shares his thoughts about this week’s fight event.

The first round of the Phan vs Paige bout was entertaining, and Spencer Paige was effective early on. However, Nam Phan was able to turn the tables on Paige. And after two rounds, the judges declared Nam Phan as the winner. This is Team Koscheck’s first win for the season.

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Michael Johnson: A Third Time’s a Charm

Written on October 06, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Twice he was rejected to be part of The Ultimate Fighter, but Michael Johnson is third time's a charmer personified. Being GSP's first team pick for the TUF 12, Johnson definitely got a target on his back.

Even before the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Michael Johnson chased the dream to be part of the reality show twice. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the cut. However, he didn’t let his prior failure get the best of him. Johnson gave it another go as the tryout for the 12th season came.

Michael Johnson was George St-Pierre’s first team pick in the season, and the fighter attributed his casting to his hard work and good timing. But being picked first can sometimes be translated to pressure. Still, Johnson finds it an honor and a motivation to be GSP’s first pick. More than that, Johnson is in the show to further his fighting career, and not to be another reality show personality.

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TUF 12 Cast Roll Call

Written on August 05, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Spike TV unveils the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 at last. Koscheck and St.Pierre got something to do before they get inside the octagon. Check if your favorite fighter is on the list.

Before George St. Pierre defends his crown against John Koscheck in December, the two men will have to take care of some unfinished business first. They will oversee the 28 UFC hopefuls of the upcoming “The Ultimate Fighter Season 12.” Among those who survived the initial cut were World Extreme Cagefighting exiles Jonathan Brookins and Mike Budnik, Judo National champ Sako Chivitchian, Strikeforce veteran Nam Phan and J.J. Ambrose of the American Kickboxing Academy. The fight of the season will feature the lightweight division and debuts on 15th of September.

See the complete TUF Line Up here.

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