Dan Hardy To Welcome Anthony Johnson Back To The UFC In March?
http://www.thewrestlingtalk.com/images/pixel.gifFanhouse MMA reports that it's finally going to happen. After months of wondering where UFC Welterweight sensation and dangerous striking ace Anthony "Rumble" Johnson was and when he was going to come back to UFC action, we will finally see him in action for the first time since a UFC 106 loss to recent UFC Welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck.
The stage will be Seattle, Washington, site of the UFC's Ultimate Fight Night 24, which will likely be headlined by a Light Heavyweight encounter between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz and former PRIDE Light Heavyweight slugger Antonio "Little Nog" Nogueira.
A battle of two dynamite-loaded strikers in one of the UFC's toughest divisions, Rumble must realize that he's not the only one looking to get himself back on track after a disappointing loss.
In The Outlaw's last outing, he suffered a devastating first round knockout loss to "The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit at UFC 120 in Hardy's home country of England.
Despite the loss, the second loss in a now two-fight losing streak after losing to Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 last March, Hardy is still one of the division's most deadly strikers.
Rumble himself is no slouch on the striking as well, but this fight will be the first fight that Rumble's had in over a year—the fight with Koscheck happened last November—and Johnson hasn't been in action since, mostly due to a knee injury.
http://www.thewrestlingtalk.com/images/pixel.gifMuch of the talk surrounding Johnson saw debate arise over whether Johnson—who fought Yoshiyuki Yoshida at a Catchweight of 176 pounds—would actually make the jump to Middleweight in his next fight.
Clearly, with his return to the cage and a bout against a former UFC Welterweight title contender looming, Anthony Johnson's future at Welterweight seems more certain than before.
Hopefully he'll make a return to form at UFC Fight Night 24.