Anthony Johnson vs. John Howard targeted for UFC Fight Night 21 main card

A long-awaited welterweight bout is expected to take place at UFC Fight Night 21 when Anthony Johnson (8-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) finally meets John Howard (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

Sources close to the Versus-televised event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight is expected to take place on the main card of the March 21 event, though bout agreements have not been signed.

Although not officially announced by the promotion, UFC Fight Night 21 is expected to take place in Denver.

It's the first of two 2010 UFC events expected to air on Versus.

News of the Johnson vs. Howard first popped up when Howard posted a recent Facebook message. However, he didn't state at which event the fight would take place.

Johnson and Howard were originally slated to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June 2009. However, Howard's management team reportedly didn't want the young fighter facing such a tough test so early in his career. Johnson has publicly bashed Howard ever since because of that decision.

"[Howard] said it was his management's call that made him not accept the fight," Johnson told MMAjunkie.com back in April 2009. "But at the end of the day, it's really your call. You're the one fighting. You're the one that's got to go out there and do the damn thing, not your management."

Johnson will apparently get the matchup, though it may be a case of being careful what you wish for. Howard, a one-time IFL fighter who also competed for the New Jersey-based Ring of Combat promotion, owns a six-fight win streak, and he's a perfect 3-0 in the UFC. In addition to split-decision wins over Chris Wilson and Tamdan McCrory, Howard also recently scored a come-from-behind third-round knockout of Dennis Hallman at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale.

Howard, who had lost the first two rounds of the December fight and seemed on his way to a unanimous-decision loss, scored the fight-ending left punch with just five seconds remaining in the final round.

Johnson, meanwhile, looks to rebound from his UFC 106 submission loss to Josh Koscheck. The defeat snapped the rising contender's three-fight win streak, which included knockout wins over Kevin Burns, Luigi Fioravanti and Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Despite being an accomplished collegiate wrestler, Johnson prefers the stand-up game and has posted six knockouts in his eight career wins.

For the latest on UFC Fight Night 21, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.

(Pictured: Anthony Johnson)

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dmcg on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:53 am ET
catchweight bout*
 

troste on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:57 am ET
could be... Anderson Silva was a WW when he was younger, these huge frame guys (like AJ) can make 170 when they're young but for how long?
 

bigmark on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:17 pm ET
yeah and the thing about aj is he has alot of problems making weight already hell prob have to move up...but he is a big dude already so it shouldnt be a big problem
 

Jonnycaz on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:20 pm ET
Rumble better start cutting weight today then.....
 

bigmark on Jan 07, 2010 at 2:13 pm ET
haha thats no joke
 

sanchov on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:32 pm ET
? they're both ww's
 

bencoates on Jan 07, 2010 at 3:50 pm ET
johnson will win easily
 

dwg45 on Jan 07, 2010 at 7:46 pm ET
Bad matchup. AJ will win easily. Give him swick or hardy after their fights.
 

Jak on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:54 am ET
Sweet... when 2 guys hate each other, the fights and build up are usually awesome.

Usually. :)
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:54 am ET
Lets go Bones Jones....

Next champion in the making.

And he should feel real good with his first loss on the record. Less pressure - esp. knowing what a whoppin that was before the dq ellbows.
 

Jak on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:55 am ET
?... 

What does this have to do with Jon Jones?
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:58 am ET
My bad, i've read Jones instead of Johnson on the mainpage.

Not matter what. Johnson is another star in the making.
 

Conte on Jan 07, 2010 at 3:47 pm ET
Jon Jones is on this card also.

he is in the main event vs Vera.

So right off the bat Versus is gonna get a kick ass card.

Jon Jones vs Vera
Rumble vs Howard


I dont know about you but thats not too dam bad right there.  Jones/Vera is a PPV main card type fight, and its always exciting seeing Rumble.


 

RedGhost on Jan 07, 2010 at 4:14 pm ET
yeah, those F***ers.

DirecTV and Comcast need to get their Sh*t together soon so I can get these Versus fights...
 

Monstaivx1 on Jan 08, 2010 at 1:57 am ET
comcast has versus. What do you mean get their sh*t together
 

RedGhost on Jan 08, 2010 at 1:00 pm ET
Comcast OWNS versus and won't let DirecTV play it any more. They want more money and DirectTV doesn't want to pay. I have DirecTV and want them to come to an agreement with comcast so I can have versus back.
 

MR_DARREN on Jan 07, 2010 at 4:01 pm ET
Jon Jones I agree with the guys incredible.

AJ however I can't see doing much, he's not that impressive at WW let alone MW where he will  undoubtedly end up very shortly.
 

Monstaivx1 on Jan 08, 2010 at 2:01 am ET
You are clearly new to the site and mma by that comment.  Johnson is not impressive at ww are you serious the guy loses to Koscheck and Clementi (the burns loss was flawed) and he is not impressive. He's young and devastating. With room to grow. His only flaw is his submission defense and his cardio.

When those catch up its gonna be hard pressed to stop him
 

cj00 on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:10 pm ET
ahah i was wondering the same thing aha
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:57 am ET
Did you even read the article?  Or did you just see a black man and then comment?...
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:59 am ET
Thats not nice to say my friend. Want to play the racial card on me? Guess you outed yourself just now.
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:03 pm ET
LOL  You had a big picture of Anthony Johnson in front of you and thought it was Bones...
 

8_Limbs_of_Death on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:13 pm ET
That's not bones?
 

bigmark on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:22 pm ET
haha i remember my first beer
 

pigdogg on Jan 07, 2010 at 2:33 pm ET
Awesome Stepbrothers ref!
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:22 pm ET
Calm down. They're both big, tall, young, explosve strikers, at similar stages of their careers, coming off losses, and yes, black.

Would you flip out if someone mistook Dustin Hazelett for Tamdan McCrory or Gleison Tibau for Thiago Alves?
 

PhiloBeddoe on Jan 08, 2010 at 4:39 pm ET
Another thing they have in common is, they both havent fought a top 10 guy yet and everyone is jumpimg on their respective bandwagons. Oh wait, Johnson fought Koscheck and lost. 
 

ShakeNBake on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:03 pm ET
yea but its pretty funny
 

NjShore145 on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:05 pm ET
Thats a pretty stupid thing to say considering the picture is of Rumble and he got that right. Maybe you're just projecting your own shortcomings on others.
 

8_Limbs_of_Death on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:17 pm ET
NjShore...are you a fan of fist pumping and tanning by any chance?
 

NjShore145 on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:21 pm ET
Haha no man. I had the name awhile before that abortion of a show came out. I'm a local Jersey Shore guy. I don't even think any of those people are from NJ. They do accurately represent the trash that comes down during the summer though.
 

8_Limbs_of_Death on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:29 pm ET
lol yea I agree, they belong on the island.
 

jfearsnone20 on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:26 pm ET
lol Half the cast is from the Island. They go out and party with Serra!!! AAAAYYYYOOOOO!!!!
 

Tubekid on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:28 pm ET
Easy with the Long Island criticism... We can fist pump with the best of em no doubt. Stop the hatin.  LOL 
 

8_Limbs_of_Death on Jan 07, 2010 at 2:30 pm ET
"Huh......what? I can't hear you they're pumping the mega mix!" 
 

Paralyzer on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:29 pm ET
WTF? Leave the black commnets out of it. 
 

Moody on Jan 07, 2010 at 2:09 pm ET
lol racist! o.O
 

inigma34 on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:55 am ET
Looks like a good matchup.
 

WuxiFingerHold on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:59 am ET
Nothing to gain for Rumble...would've rather seen him battle someone like Chris Lytle (who likes to stand up and bang).  
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:02 pm ET
Spot on!

Don't know what he wants to gain with this fight. Maybe other than gaining the expierience and get back into the cage asap after his recent loss.

No matter how hard i try i can't remember John Howard although i have seen all three fights.
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:05 pm ET
LOL!!!
 

sleazyp on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:10 pm ET
In other news, MikeJJ- makes an ass of himself twice in one thread.

His fights are not forgettable at all and AJ is extremely overrated.
 

theleafsguy on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:16 pm ET
how? most rankings ive seen dont even have him top 10 or 15 in the WW division
 

cj00 on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:19 pm ET
howard having memorable fights does not mean he HAS to be in the top 10 - 15 .... other people do have good fights you know ....
 

fportes18 on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:42 pm ET
He said AJ not Howard...
 

ShakeNBake on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:36 pm ET
lol epic fail!
 

sleazyp on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:19 pm ET
He has been dubbed a potential superstar by many people. I think they are letting Joe Rgan get to them a bit too much. He hasn't shown any bjj skill, doesn't have a great gas tank, and his hands honestly are just above average. Rich Clementi out-wrestled him and out-struck him at 170. That's borderline UFC material honestly.
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:26 pm ET
+1 He hasent beaten anyone near the top ten and when he did fight a highly ranked fighter he got handled ( I made a killing in that fight by the way).  That being said I do think he will win this one and he is very fun to watch.
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:27 pm ET
AJ's demonstrated rare tools. That's just a fact. When trying to identify a future star that's what you have to look for. Clearly he has holes in his game, but his length, speed and power make for a higher ceiling than most of the other young guys in the division- whether they are more polished or not. Congratulations on your bet- not getting cauight up in the hype is a great way to make a profit- but don't tell me you weren't nervous when they were standing and trading. Kos wouldn't have survived 3 rounds of that. 
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:53 pm ET
Oh for sure I was nervous, I was banking on Kos taking him down.  I figured it'll go two ways, either Kos has learned his lesson trying to strike with a superior striker and use his strengths or hes gonna get TKO'd again.  And please dont think I dont see potential in AJ, that dude is super athletic and I could see him being a champion one day. 
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 08, 2010 at 8:03 am ET
Ok I misinterpreted your remarks.

Koscheck reminds me a lot of Rashad Evans, though Kos at least lands a respectable percentage of his punches instead of simply bobbing and dancing. Without their wrestling they're still competitive, so when you analyze matchups it's easy to forget that they have a clean and easy path to a unanimous decision. Once Kos gets a feel for when to use which tools and how to balance his attack effectively, he'll be a machine. Defeating GSP isn't going to happen right now, but it isn't entirely out of the question. If Kos can make GSP worry about his double leg he can come over the top with that big right hand and take his belt.

AJ also hasn't quite mastered gameplanning. He should have followed the Thiago Alves blueprint against Kos and ripped his legs apart with low kicks. Without that damage, the takedowns were inevitable as soon as Kos had enough of the standup. He's also not very effective from inside his opponent's guard. He's got to find a way to do damage and win fights without relying on that one big shot. He'll always find a home for it against a subpar athlete like Speer or Reiner, but he needs to do more to beat the guys in the top 5-6.
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:20 pm ET
Can't remember him - so he is forgetable.
 
AJ being overrated is your opinion not mine. I wouldn't call ppl overrated that give guys of Koscheck level problems.

Maybe you tell me one of the many memorable moves or flurries of John Howard to help me remember him.
If u can't without looking them up i'd say he's pretty forgetable.
 

sleazyp on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:29 pm ET
He has a Leben/Martin level comeback knockout not long ago over Hallman(as stated in the article). Losing a whole fight to a wrestler and then getting the KO with 5 seconds left is very hard to forget if you actually saw the fight. His other two UFC fights with McCrory and Wilson were pretty much non-stop action with a lot of grappling and striking. He had Wilson in a RNC in the 3rd and won a clear decision that was split somehow. The Brancat fight was do-or-die for Tamdan and Howard won a very close one. Honestly, Johnson was losing his first Burns fight and wasn't that great in their second fight until the awesome KO.

Just remember - we are NOT talking about Jon Jones (who should be top 10 now).
 

sjmecu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:36 pm ET
WHAT!!!! Maybe you forgot. AJ was whipping Burns before he got poked in the eye. Then he KOed Burns in the third fight. I cant believe you are doubting AJ. The man trains with Kung Le. I know Le just lost but the man is great and AJ is very good.
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:42 pm ET
I believe i remember the Hallman fight now. Thx.

Thx for reminding me that we're NOT talking about Jones. I got that pointed out by half the posters now.  :P
One Freudian slip and you're mocked and laughed at. I was acused beeing a racist and called an a$$.
 

carp on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:08 pm ET
It was more that you didn't take the time to read the article before jumping in with your comment... I don't have a problem with it, all white guys look the same to me too... so do Russians... and Germans... come to think of it, so do Americans and South Africans...

jokes
 

POW on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:36 pm ET
You can't remember him, but that doesn't make him forgettable.  It makes you a minor MMA fan.

Howard's fights are always exciting, though rarely televised.  That's because he's not a "big name" yet.  Hardcore fans remember Howard for his WAR with the oversized Dan Miller on a regional East Coast show.  Miller got the nod, but left the ring on a stretcher.  Now he's a highly ranked MW.

I recommend you try to learn a little more about MMA.
 

POW on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:49 pm ET
sorry - just re-read this and it came off as d*ckish. 
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:53 pm ET
Ok. No problem. Didn't get the logic anyhow.

 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:50 pm ET
I bet i know mma better than you my friend. Guess you got something mixed up... 

Being not able to remember a fighter is one thing but that doesn't make me a minor fan...

If i would throw a dozen or two names of lesser known fighters around and you wouldn't know everyone of them than you would make you a minor fan aswell?!? How does that work? Great logic.


And what has learning more about mma to do with helping remembering names and faces better? Not very logical aswell.
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:54 pm ET
MikeJJ FTW!!!
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:57 pm ET
Stop stalking me and add something constructive to the thread.
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:03 pm ET
MikJJ  FTL  : [
 

JuniorMafia on Jan 07, 2010 at 3:25 pm ET
He could just be a pothead... What are we talking about?
 

MR_DARREN on Jan 07, 2010 at 4:10 pm ET
LMFAO funny stuff.
 

onewayTiket on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:20 pm ET
HIS the DOOMSDAY! with a funky hair cut......does that ring a bell?
 

sjmecu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:24 pm ET
AJ is not at all overrated. Maybe you havent looked at all his last knockouts. He lost to kos but Kos is a great fighter. I think this is a mismatch. I'd rather see him fight Paul Dailey. That would have the makings to be fight of the year
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:30 pm ET
+1 That would be a sweet fight!  He would have alot of reach on Semtex and would be able to take him down when he got in trouble (and he would).  But it looks like Kos is gonna be the one to derail the Semtex train.
 

sanchov on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:33 pm ET
not to mention kos milked an eye poke.
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:38 pm ET
Have you ever been in the middle of a cage fight and gotten poked in the eye (theres proof of the poke) while a pissed off man thats dangerous as hell is trying to beat your face in?  I tend to believe you would make sure your totally ready to go before getting back to it.  But hey maybe you much tougher than Kos...
 

MMAquick on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:54 pm ET
+1 JJ.      I agree, and would like to add that anthony is a highly skilled fighter till it hit's the mat, thats what doomsday is going to be going for right away. All the crap that rumble has talked, he will probably drop a second loss in a row to doomsday - but he does have huge KO power so it can go anyway just like most mma matches
 

MMAquick on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:56 pm ET
 I know anthony may be a wrestler but didn't he fold on the one takedown attempt by koscheck and lose? I don't remember that fight to much
 

JuniorMafia on Jan 07, 2010 at 3:29 pm ET
I like where your heads @... Great idea.. forget trying to match Daly w a wrestler from AKA. Daly vs AJ would an awesome match-up.
 

Karate-Dohhh on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:19 pm ET
It's obvious that they still respect the idea of recovery matches.  When a top 10er, or near top 10 fighter, gets a loss from another high quality opponent by more than decision, they next will usually give them someone who was once below them, who is currently off of a win, to ensure the first fighter builds up whatever part of their game failed them last.  Similar to Chuck getting Shogun after the Rashad whooping.  I already have Howard as my #10 UFC Ww with AJ off the list recently, so this fight makes sense to me.
 

Tubekid on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:49 pm ET
Rumble and  Howard have been trash talking each other for awhile now.  It's definitely a good fight and one worth having. Howard i think is like 3-0 in the UFC right now.. 
 

POW on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:01 pm ET
Nice.  Better get to work, Doom!

Johnson - make weight.
 

cj00 on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:16 pm ET
alright dont get to mad if i have missed something .... but

they are playing the WEC event this friday on The Score ... and i thought they were aired on versus??

so does this mean we will get this fight night on The Score?? id love to see more of the WEC and especially if they are throwing ufc on the network to
 

Prosperityy on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:25 pm ET
It's on Sunday bud
 

cj00 on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:30 pm ET
alright my bad your defiantly right its sunday ... now back to the original question .... since WEC is aired on versus normally ... does this mean were gonna get this fight night??

sorry about the day mix up, could swear i saw a commercial the other day saying friday
 

Tadrith on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:32 pm ET
you did, the screen displayed sunday and the announcer said friday...they have fixed the commercial since.
 

ShakeNBake on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:45 pm ET
The Score is going to be the new home for WEC events is what I heard Sixeiro saying.. which is awesome because i get The Score and not Versus.
 

prairieboy1 on Jan 07, 2010 at 2:16 pm ET
I think Sportsnet has the UFC rights, so it will hopefully be on there.
 

cj00 on Jan 07, 2010 at 3:18 pm ET
alright thanks a lot guys, that defiantly sounds good to me cuz i only get the score to
 

Rich on Jan 07, 2010 at 12:44 pm ET
Starting to lose interest in Johnson fighting at WW.
I know height doesnt determine weight class, but he is 2 inches taller than the worlds no.1 ranked HW FFS. Its not as if he is a skinny bean pole either. If he's not good enough to fight people his own size then whats the point?
 

agent_smith on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:00 pm ET
I totally agree, staying at WW trying to be the biggest fish kind of speaks to a lack of confidence.  He would be very comfortable at MW in terms of weight cut and the weight cut would allow him to perform better.  But there he would face dudes his own size which means competing on skill level alone.
 

Karate-Dohhh on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:21 pm ET
If he hadn't failed one of his weight attempts already, I'd disagree, but whatever he wants to do.
 

CF3 on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:11 pm ET
agree 100% .... fighting guys smaller than you is weak. AJ isn't the only one though... plenty of guys doing it, cause they can't handle the competition in their own weigh class. i'd say A.Silva should be at least a LHW.  how many guys have dropped down to make a run at the belt when they couldn't hang in the division(sherk..just name one). AJ walk around at like 200 lbs....WTF
 

agent_smith on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:14 pm ET
Actually AJ walks around closer to 220 lol.  Anderson around the 220 mark I think.  I can understand the weight cut to 205 b/c of the gap between 205 and 265.  Forrest against Lesnar would be bad no matter how much Forrest ate haha.
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:35 pm ET
You guys are out of line. Cutting weight is part of the game. You do whatever you can to gain an advantage. I don't hear anyone bashing GSP. If Johnson can make 170 (and I realize he's missed before) that makes him a welterweight. If you can become a top contender or champion you will make much more money than if you forget about cutting weight and just stand and bang with guys like Drew McFedries and Chris Leben. It doesn't make someone a coward if he wants to maximize his chances of having an elite and lucrative career.
 

agent_smith on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:57 pm ET
Weight cutting is a slippery slope.  However, IMO when a fighter really struggles to make a weight every fight, has missed weight and cuts such a large amount of weight at the risk of potential huge side effects (ie. heart attack from rehydration lol) that fighter needs to move up. 
 

agent_smith on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:59 pm ET
I don't know what the largest recorded weight cut is but his 50lbs has got to be it or close to it.
 

CF3 on Jan 07, 2010 at 2:40 pm ET
like you just said yourself...he can't make weight. not to mention.. when is the fight commission going to step in and impose some safety standards. it's all fun and games, until one of these guys has a heart attack or worse.. then it's game over for mma. dehydrating yourself and losing 20 lbs. in 24 hrs is dangerous anyway you slice it.
 

blingdogg01 on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:02 pm ET
Jeez, how many "John's" are on this card?

Jon Jones, John Howard, Anthony Johnson

lol
 

MikeJJ- on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:06 pm ET
Too much for my taste...i already slipped and fell flat on my face. Lol.
 

carp on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:23 pm ET
Me too... all John's look alike to me... jokes
 

blingdogg01 on Jan 07, 2010 at 10:53 pm ET
lol
 

Rich on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:08 pm ET
yep, Anderson Silva used height as one of the reasons for not making a permanent switch to LW. At 6.1 he is more than big enough and obviously has the required skills.
 

newERA on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:09 pm ET
Howard's going to have a tough time getting inside to strike with Johnson, who has a 7" height adavantage.  I think AJ takes this fight easily.  They need to continue giving him tough competition like Kos, not up-and-comers.  He may have lost that fight, but from what I've read, he seems to have done pretty well.  
 

JEWjitsu on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:14 pm ET
+1  He was doing really well and winning the striking battle but Kos' ground game was just too much for "Rumble".  I thought it was funny how Howard called him "Crumble"...  I fully believe AJ wins via TKO.
 

Rich on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:09 pm ET
*LHW
 

313Joker on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:15 pm ET
AJ by headkick KO rd 1
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 07, 2010 at 1:38 pm ET
If one were to watch one of John Howard's fight, which would be the best choice for entertainment purposes as well as for examining Howard's full set of skills?
 

xposipx on Jan 07, 2010 at 4:32 pm ET
Good question. I would stick with his fight vs Chris Wilson. Lots of ground and striking action in that one. Wilson is pretty well rounded too. It was his first UFC fight and he started off a little slow and picked it up eventually.
 

frankiii on Jan 07, 2010 at 2:43 pm ET
WAR "AJ"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I MUST ADMIT, I WAS IN SHOCK TO SEE HIM LOSE TO KOSH.

 

MR_DARREN on Jan 07, 2010 at 4:20 pm ET
Get used to it. He really isn't that good, especially whe he's forced out of WW. He won't be so big then.
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 08, 2010 at 8:10 am ET
What's the deal with everyone being on his case for cutting down? GSP is gigantic too- he cuts for the same competitive advantage they all seek out. I don't see why it's such a knock on AJ's manhood but not on Alves' or GSP's. Besides he'll knock out plenty of 185ers when the time comes too.
 

BrassJunkie on Jan 07, 2010 at 3:19 pm ET
I'm going with Rumble by Rd 1 KO..
 

ZachAttack on Jan 07, 2010 at 5:43 pm ET
AJ needs to get back on track...

 

dtruth2010 on Jan 07, 2010 at 6:23 pm ET
MR_DARREN= perfect example of a hater. rumble could do damage at 185 and would still be big
 

grim_reaper on Jan 07, 2010 at 9:55 pm ET
Does that make you a perfect example of a lover?
 

killadakiller on Jan 07, 2010 at 6:29 pm ET
goodnight Howard, im not sure anyone can stand with Johnson and not go to sleep he better try to put johnson on his back quick.
 

devildoc215 on Jan 07, 2010 at 9:17 pm ET
i like johnson, but i think he is overated.... i jus dont see wats so great, or good that makes this guy the next coming...howard is a better striker, maybe not as powerful, but he def is a better striker.. his takedowns are crazy good, and he is relentless... johnson seems to gass once he sees he;s not gona jus come in and knock a fiter out... i'll take howard in this one
 

grim_reaper on Jan 07, 2010 at 9:55 pm ET
This one is definitely a coin flip.
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 08, 2010 at 8:08 am ET
I don't know where everyone is getting this idea that he gasses and/or wilts when it doesn't go his way early. He only gassed against Clementi, and we're all familiar with the circumstances. Against Koscheck he certainly made a tactical error in trying to stand and yielding his neck with so little time left in the round, but I don't think he was looking for a way out. I think he's possibly only a fight or two away from putting it all together.
 

knee2Dnutts on Jan 07, 2010 at 11:24 pm ET
when is the ufc gonna have a triple threat match for the title that would boost ppv sales 100% thats real ultimate fighting,,,
 

ThunderDove on Jan 08, 2010 at 3:29 am ET
   In Camping with the Kids Part VII, it mentions AJ needed to cut major weight for the Koscheck fight. According to the article, he had to go from 198 down to 170 in 3 days! To me this has NOTHING to do with his height, muscular build or credence to his track record on making weight. It means he did a poor job of weight management.
I enjoy watching Howard fight, but he is small compared to AJ, and an earlier poster brought up the idea that Howard will have trouble getting inside AJ's reach to strike him.
   Since AJ likes to strike mostly, and he might... might be nervous about going to the ground against John Howard, then he should do the latest version of the "sprawl and brawl". If the fighter fails to stop a takedown, then just get your opponent in your high closed guard, bury your face inside, and hold on for dear life. All the while hoping to stall the fight and force the referee to stand you both back up.
 

TheGreatAwakening on Jan 08, 2010 at 8:05 am ET
Sprawl and brawl might not even be necessary. AJ is going to knock him out in spectacular fashion. Howard isn't rangey enough to survive a round in my estimation.
 

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