Johnson just recently defeated Shane Roller which improved his record to 10-6 MMA and 2-2 UFC. He seems to be putting things together now and he credits his football playing days for that. “I had good footwork because I was a running back.’ Johnson told MMA junkie radio.
Experts noted his improved footwork, his ability to cut angles and out strike Roller in exchanges. “It was something I’d do in practice because I always had that worry about what if my legs get tired, or what if I slip and he takes me down. So I was like, ‘I’m just going to fight like I play football.’ “
Johnson is pretty optimistic about his future. Saying, “I know I’m going to be getting stiffer competition, which I can’t wait. This lightweight division is completely stacked. I want to fight the best of the best. I want to fight anybody and everybody who’s trying to move up in the division and trying to keep me in the back of the line. I want to take their spot.” He goes on to say, “This is my year. I’m collecting chins on my mantle. It’s empty right now, but it will be full by the end of the year.”
Pretty tough talk for someone who is trying to move up in the ranks. He might have created an even bigger target on his back, but he seems to be up for the challenge.