Thanks to Jon Jones’ latest setback, Anthony Johnson’s (pictured) immediate future has become a little foggy.
Johnson is slated to challenge Jones for his crown at UFC 187, but following Jones’ arrest for alleged hit-and-run where a pregnant woman suffered a broken arm and marijuana was found in Jones’ abandoned rental vehicle, there’s a possibility the UFC will be forced to discipline Jones and Johnson may be collateral damage.
As far as Johnson is concerned, he’s keeping focused on breaking “Bones” on May 23.
“Nothing’s changed,” Johnson on Monday’s episode of ‘UFC Tonight.’ “I’m still training hard, staying focused, staying on the grind. Like I said, whoever they give me, whatever they throw my way, I’ll be ready no matter what.”
The UFC is under heavy heat to drop the hammer on Jones, especially since this is his second drug drama in five months (cocaine). It’s also the second time since 2012 where Jones crashed a car while possibly driving under the influence (pleaded guilty to DWI).
Could the UFC pull Jones from his shootout with Johnson? Strip him of his title? Suspend and/or fine Jones? Turn a blind eye?
Whatever path the promotion chooses, Johnson feels he’s earned a crack at the crown. Anything less in his next outing would be unacceptable.
“I only want to fight for the title. I feel like I’ve worked my way up to being the #1 contender, and I plan on staying that way. Unless it’s for a title, I don’t want to be like Vitor and wait a year. But if I have to, I will.”
The UFC has only issued a brief statement Sunday saying they are withholding comment until all facts are gathered.