Anthony Johnson (pictured) finally understands that a fight against Ryan Bader won’t do nearly as much for his UFC light heavyweight title hopes as a scrap against top contender Alexander Gustafsson would.
After saying just nine days ago that he wanted to fight Bader next, then move on to Gustafsson after, Johnson now wants to leapfrog Bader and go straight for the man holding the “Next in Line” moniker.
“@AlexTheMauler I respect you as a fighter but this is business,” Johnson tweeted late Wednesday night. “@danawhite said our fight makes sense. There’s nobody left for us to fight plus the fans are begging for us to fight so let’s give the fans what they wanna see!”
The fans aren’t the only ones who are salivating over the potential matchup. UFC president Dana White reiterated that Johnson vs. Gustafsson was also at the top of his wishlist.
“I like that fight,” White tweeted in response to Johnson’s post.
Johnson is one of the hottest fighters in the 205-pound division, currently ranked four spots behind Gustafsson in the UFC light heavyweight rankings. “Rumble” is perfect through his past eight outings.
Gustafsson, meanwhile, has been rehabbing from his August knee surgery. He was hoping to wait for the winner of champion Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier on January 3, but White isn’t too keen on allowing Gustafsson ride the pine for that long.