Forget about the X’s and O’s, sometimes it’s just about exchanging blows. In a middleweight scrap that’s even too close for the Gambling Gods to call, Anthony Johnson (Pictured) revealed his simplistic strategy heading into Saturday’s shootout with Vitor Belfort.
“As far as a gameplan, I’m gonna go in there and just do me – and that’s fight,” Johnson flatly stated during today’s UFC 142 press conference. “There’s no strategy, my strategy is to fight. That’s what I get paid to do and that’s what I’m here to do.
“So as far as a strategy, it’s called ‘Get it done!’
“Rumble” will be riding a two-fight winning streak into his middleweight debut. While the prior welterweight has an abundance of admiration for Belfort, who has plenty of experience dabbling in multiple divisions himself having been a former UFC light heavyweight champion, Johnson’s prepared to dive head-first into the 185-pound pond against a dangerous opponent.
“Vitor is an amazing athlete, very fast hands, very powerful,” Johnson shared. “You have no choice but to respect him. I respect him, but I’m not afraid of him. I’m gonna accept the challenge.”
UFC 142 takes place inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil. Johnson and Belfort will serve as the pay-per-view’s co-featured attraction.