Michael Johnson Wants Zabit Fight At UFC 232

UFC featherweight and lightweight competitor Michael Johnson is interested in fighting Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 232.

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Michael Johnson is looking for a big fight at featherweight.

The former longtime lightweight recently dropped down to 145 pounds. He suffered a submission loss to Darren Elkins this past January in his divisional debut. However, he has since won back-to-back fights at 145 pounds. His latest win was against Artem Lobov at UFC Moncton.

Johnson took the fight on short notice, and unfortunately missed weight as a result. As thanks for taking the fight on late notice, Lobov paid Johnson back the fine he was penalized for missing weight. “The Menace” recently joined MMA Junkie Radio to talk about his next possible move.

The possibility of a fight with rising featherweight prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov arose. Johnson said, while he’s not calling Zabit out, he’d be open to fighting the Russian on December 29th at UFC 232:

“If he wants to fight in December I’m all for that,” Johnson said. “He’s a very tough guy, he’s up and coming and it’d be a great fight as well. He’s ranked.

“None of those guys did call him out and I don’t think anybody really has called him out. I’m not necessarily going on air calling him out, but I’m saying that’s a fight I would take of course.”

Zabit has been extremely impressive since coming to the UFC. He hasn’t suffered a loss in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition since 2013. Upon signing with the UFC in 2017, Zabit has won all four of his Octagon appearances.

He has been able to finish all but one of his fights under the promotion’s banner. Each of Zabit’s finishes have come by way of submission. A match-up with a fighter the caliber of Johnson would certainly be a big test for the 27-year-old.

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Gustafsson: Jon Jones Is ‘Best Fighter’ In The World

Alexander Gustafsson calls former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones “the best fighter in the world.”

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Next month (Sat. December 29, 2018) the UFC will host a rematch of one of the best fights in the promotion’s history.

Back in 2013, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson put on a classic of a light heavyweight title contest. Both men endured the most damage of their fighting careers, however, “Bones” emerged victorious with the unanimous decision win. Ever since, Gustafsson has been gunning for a rematch with Jones.

He’ll now get it. Jones vs. Gustafsson II will main event UFC 232 on pay-per-view (PPV) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner will be crowned the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Current titleholder Daniel Cormier will be stripped after the fight starts.

“The Mauler” came closer than anyone to defeating Jones, who has yet to be bested inside the Octagon. Speaking on “The MMA Hour” recently, Gustafsson said he believes Jones is still “the best fighter in the world” (via BJPenn.com):

“He’s a really talented fighter. He’s a very smart fighter,” Gustafsson said. “Whatever Jon does, in that Octagon he has a strategy and he’s a very smart fighter with a good eye, so you can’t relax.

“You can’t relax with this guy, you can’t even give him an inch. You have be on your toes the whole fight, you have to be ready the whole fight.

“So, that’s how I see Jon now. Jon has just been so impressive, that’s why he never lost. So, he is just that guy. He’s been beating everybody, so we all know how he is and how he’s been.

“He’s the best fighter in the world. For me, he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter, so like I said, I can’t relax for a second when I fight him.”

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UFC 232 Bout Between Two Prospects Canceled

A UFC 232 bout between two exciting prospects has been canceled. Two young bantamweight bruisers were scheduled to clash on Dec. 29 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tom Duquesnoy and Nathaniel Wood were set to collide at UFC 232. Unfortu…

A UFC 232 bout between two exciting prospects has been canceled. Two young bantamweight bruisers were scheduled to clash on Dec. 29 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tom Duquesnoy and Nathaniel Wood were set to collide at UFC 232. Unfortunately, those plans have gone awry. Tom Duquesnoy Pulls Out of UFC 232 […]

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UFC 232 Bout Between Two Prospects Canceled

A UFC 232 bout between two exciting prospects has been canceled. Two young bantamweight bruisers were scheduled to clash on Dec. 29 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tom Duquesnoy and Nathaniel Wood were set to collide at UFC 232. Unfortu…

A UFC 232 bout between two exciting prospects has been canceled. Two young bantamweight bruisers were scheduled to clash on Dec. 29 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tom Duquesnoy and Nathaniel Wood were set to collide at UFC 232. Unfortunately, those plans have gone awry. Tom Duquesnoy Pulls Out of UFC 232 […]

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Cyborg Will Make Amanda Nunes Pay For Delaying Superfight

After having to wait several months to fight Amanda Nunes, Cyborg vows to make her fellow countrywoman pay for the delay.

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Arguably the biggest fight in women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) history is set for next month (Sat. December 29, 2018).

UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will defend her title against 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes. The superfight has been in the works for the past several months. However, Cyborg isn’t happy with how long the fight took to make.

Initially, Nunes called Cyborg out for a superfight with her fellow countrywoman. But once Cyborg asked for the fight to go down at UFC 228, Nunes said she needed more time to prepare. Now, the fight will happen at UFC 232 form Las Vegas.

Cyborg told media members recently, during UFC 230 fight week, she doesn’t have an issue with Nunes. She’s simply upset with how long Nunes made her wait for the fight (via MMA Junkie):

“I don’t have any problem (with Amanda),” Cyborg said. “I just accept the fight with her after I fight Holly Holm and she asks for nine months for training for this fight.

“I think when you call someone out you have to be ready. You don’t have to need nine months to be ready.”

Nunes has the opportunity to make history by becoming the first female dual weight champion in history. Also, she’d be the first woman to have ever won a title in different weight classes in the UFC. That won’t be an easy task, however, as Cyborg vows to make Nunes pay for delaying their fight:

“I accepted to fight her Sept. 8 after she called me out six months before,” Cyborg said.

“She signed the deal to fight in December. As fighters you don’t have the option, you have to wait. You have to keep training and wait. But she’s going to pay in December.”

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Jon Jones Vows To Treat Career With More Respect Going Forward

Jon Jones admitted that he was extremely sad without MMA.

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Jon Jones vows to make changes and treat his career with more respect going forward after given another chance.

Jones will have the chance to prove people wrong once he fights Alexander Gustafsson for a second time with the vacant light heavyweight title being on the line. This will serve as the headliner of the UFC 232 pay-per-view event.

During his comeback tour that includes an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani at the UFC 232 presser, Jones opened up. This is to the point where he noted that his rise to being a superstar had gotten to him. Thus, it got the better of him and needs to learn from those lessons.

“The guy that fought Gustafsson the first time was right in the heyday of all his crap. As far as just being a party boy, mainly,” Jones said (H/T to Bloody Elbow). “Being on top of the world. Not many things have happened to my life at that point. So, I was just really on top of the world, just feeling invincible.”

Jon Jones Reflects On His Mistakes

Jones brought up how he has been through a lot and learned from it. Thus, he now appreciates the sport rather than take it for granted.

“Opposed to the guy that you see now, I feel like I’ve been through a lot. I’ve learned a lot. And I just feel like I appreciate the sport a lot more than used to. Having it be taken away from you and losing it.  It teaches you how much it means to you.”

The former UFC champion admitted that he was extremely sad without the sport and took it to heart when he didn’t have it.

“And this sport does mean a lot to me. I was extremely sad without it. Now that I have the opportunity to be back here in the UFC. I feel like I will treat it with so much more respect.”

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