Whether it’s called a title eliminator or not, when two of the very best in the division are fighting, a win is one step toward the belt and a loss is one step away.
And that goes double for this Saturday’s main event on FOX, as No. 4-ranked light heavyweight Ryan Bader is putting his impressive five-fight win streak on the line against destruction artist and No. 2-ranked Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
“If he wins this fight, then he gets a title shot, and if I lose, I don’t get a title shot,” Johnson said. “All I know is that I have to go out there and do my thing. That’s what I’ve been focused on. I just have to go out there and be myself. Of course, I believe I can knock out anybody that I fight. I’m not saying I’ve always been successful, but I believe 95 percent of the time I have a good chance of knocking you out. But I’m not going in there thinking I’m just going to knock him out. I’m going in there and thinking I seriously have to fight this guy and beat him up so I can win. That’s it.”
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