Anthony Johnson almost lost in his Bellator debut today at Bellator 258 against Jose Augusto. Anthony Johnson was supposed to make his Bellator debut against fellow new signee and UFC veteran Yoel Romero.
But Yoel Romero wasn’t cleared medically to compete in the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix and had to pull out and Jose Augusto replaced him on short notice.
In the opening round, Augusto dropped him and almost finished him, but ‘Rumble’ bounced back in the second round and knocked him out with a hard right hand and now he will be getting a shot at current champion Vadim Nemkov in the semi-final round.
However, despite securing a finish at Bellator 258, Anthony Johnson wasn’t pleased by his performance.
“(I’m) pissed,” Johnson told the media after the fight. “He hit me. I don’t mind getting hit, but I got hit and I dropped. I mean, what the hell? That ain’t me. That was a piss-poor performance on my part. I’m better than that. I know I’m better than that. You guys know I’m better than that. I’m not going to call it a lucky shot – he hit me. He caught me slipping. He got in on me. That was all on me and I’m pissed at myself that he hit me.
— MMA India (@MMAIndiaShow) May 8, 2021
“I’m getting mad at myself. That was a dumbass performance.”
Anthony Johnson ready to take on Vadim Nemkov
Anthony Johnson now has to face the Bellator champion Vadim Nemkov and he revealed that it would be his honour to share the cage with the champ.
“Fighting Nemkov, though – that’s an honor to fight him,” Johnson said. “He’s a beast. He’s the most complete fighter of this tournament. He can strike, can wrestle, can submit people fairly easy. I’m a big fan of his.
“You’re only as good as your last performance. If I fight Nemkov, I definitely have to be better than I was tonight – and I will. I know that.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
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