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Rumble Johnson confirms he will stay at welterweight

ESPN staff
March 28, 2011
Anthony Johnson did not care about the boos at UFN 24

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Anthony Johnson has quashed talk over his future by stating he intends to stay at welterweight.

Johnson has failed to make the 170lb limit on two previous occasions, and he admitted that his latest cut for UFN 24 was excruciating. However, the American showed what a threat he can be in that weight class with a dominant victory over England's Dan Hardy.

Manager Ken Pavia claims his charge will eventually end up at light-heavyweight, but for now Johnson is not even prepared to jump to middleweight.

"I'm eventually gonna go up to 185lbs, but not right now. 170's my home," he told Sherdog. "It's not that I can't make the weight, it's that I've been eating s***, I can't lie. That's my fault, I don't need to be putting my body through that anymore.

"I can't make my weight fluctuate up and down because it's getting harder and harder. But now I know that I just have to eat healthy. I'm getting back on my diet because I do not want to be over 190lbs really.

"I'm gonna do what I have to in order to stay lean and fit, just in case the UFC calls me for an important fight and I can take it because I'm in that good shape. I don't want to get bigger."

Johnson's wrestling offence drew boos from the Seattle crowd, who expected him to stand and trade with Hardy, but that didn't bother the American.

"I noticed it, but I didn't care. I've been out for over a year so I wasn't going to go in there and do what the crowd wanted me to do because if I get up in the hype, I lose my focus. That's when you get hurt, that's when you get out of posture or something stupid happens."

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