Anthony “Rumble” Johnson: Climbing the welterweight ladder one fighter at a time – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (7-2, 4-2 UFC) isn’t worried about a title shot. He doesn’t care if he faces Mike Swick next, or Dan Hardy, although he wouldn’t mind Hardy coming to America on his turf for a face off. “Rumble” isn’t concerned if he needs one, two, or three more wins to get a shot at the UFC Welterweight Crown.

What he does concentrate and focus on is his next opponent. Once the call is received and he knows who the lucky guy is, then Anthony knows it’s time to take that next step up the ladder towards his goal of being the best 170 pound fighter on the planet.

Johnson is a great wrestler and a collegiate national champion, but it has been his highlight reel knockouts that have been his signature in the UFC. Every time he steps into the Octagon, fans are getting to see even more versatile striking from the 6’2″ Welterweight, as showcased with his sick head kick KO of Kevin Burns in their rematch.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 – summary & results

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 took place in Tampa, Florida tonight, Saturday, February 7, 2009.

After last weekend produced a card with not one submission, tonight there were a hand full of beautiful technical chokes and a great armbar by Joe Lauzon in the main event. Lauzon fought a very tough Jeremy Stephens. Stephens was looking to take off Joe’s head but had to settle for just a little blood. Lauzon plays it smart, gets Stephens to the ground and uses his grappling prowess to get the win. Great job Joe!

Here are the results of the entire card and a summary of the televised fights.

UFC Fight Night 17 results:
Matt Riddle def. Steve Bruno by unanimous decision in rd 3
Nick Catone def. Derek Downey by submission (keylock) in rd 2
Gleison Tibau def. Rich Clementi by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Matt Veach def. Matt Grice by TKO (strikes) in rd 1
Dan Miller def. Jake Rosholt by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Kurt Pellegrino def. Rob Emerson by submission (RNC) in rd 2
Anthony Johnson def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO in rd 1
Josh Neer def. Mac Danzig by submission (triangle choke) in rd 2
Cain Velasquez def. Denis Stojnic by TKO (strikes) in rd 2
Joe Lauzon def. Jeremy Stephens by submission (armbar) in rd 2

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 airs Feb. 7 on Spike TV live from Tampa, FL

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 will take place this Saturday Feb. 7, at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida and will air live on SPIKE TV starting at 9pm ET. Joe Lauzon (17-4) was originally scheduled to fight Hermes Franca (19-7) in the main event. However, Franca had to pull out due to injury and has … Read more

TUF 8 Finale post-fight interviews

Here are post fight interviews with the big winners from Saturday night’s The Ultimate Fighter season 8 Finale. Eliot Marshall, Wilson Gouveia, Anthony Johnson, Krzysztof Soszynski, Phillipe Nover and Vinny Magalhaes talk about their fights. Junie Browing says a lack of conditioning is why he under-performed on the show and Ultimate Fighters Ryan Bader and … Read more

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale: play-by-play and live results

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”  wraps up tonight with the live finale on Spike at 9 p.m. EST.  The Lightweight and Light Heavyweight winners will be crowned and the other TUF contestants will also get their shot at impressing the UFC brass for a chance to continue their careers in the Octagon. 

Join ProMMA.info for live coverage and round by round updates of the show, as Lightweights Phillipe Nover and Efrain Escudero square off to find out who is the best 155 pounder from the house, and Light Heavyweight finalists Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes do battle at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

In addition to the TUF cast members fights, the eagerly anticipated rematch between Kevin Burns and Anthony Johnson will be settled.  Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald will also be facing Wilson Gouveia in a catchweight fight following Gouveia failing to make weight.

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The Ultimate Finale- “Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”- Preview

The UFC will be broadcasting The Ultimate Finale for season 8 live on Spike TV on Saturday December 13th at 9 PM Eastern.  Sandwiched between their “Fight for the Troops” event last evening, and the blockbuster “UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008”, the show will be the 2nd of 3 shows for the UFC in the month of December to close a busy year for the organization.

This season will mostly be remembered for the antics of Junie Allen Browning, but for MMA hardcores, it was all about the fighting.  Phillipe Nover showed promise early garnering praise from everyone including Dana White, and proved he was the one to beat by dispatching of all comers on his way to a spot in the finals facing Efrain Escudero.

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Full fight card for TUF 8 Finale on Dec. 13

The full fight card for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Mir vs. Team Nogueira Finale – season 8 has been set for December 13 and will air live from The Pearl in Las Vegas on SPIKE TV at 9pm ET.

Following Wednesday’s two semi-final episodes, the lightweight and light heavyweight TUF finalists will battle it out and the winners will receive the highly coveted UFC six-figure contracts.

In the lightweight division, Phillipe Nover will be taking on Efrain Escudero and in the light heavyweight finale, the wrestler Ryan Bader will battle the jiu-jitsu phenom, Vinicius “Vinny” Magalhaes.

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