Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is not back to full health yet.
Nogueira has been far from injury-free over the past couple of years, as the UFC has been forced to cancel four of his match-ups since 2011. He has had scheduled bouts against Alexander Gustafsson (twice), Rich Franklin and Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua.
"I'm not 100 percent physically yet, but I'm getting there," Nogueira told MMAFighting.com. "I had two injuries. I had to undergo a knee surgery and had another back injury that forced me out of training for more than a year. But I will be at my best in two and a half months."
Looking ahead to his bout against Johnson, Nogueira was complimentary of his opponent's recent performance against Phil Davis, and while he is expects a tough fight in July, he will be more than prepared to handle the challenge.
"Anthony Johnson won a big fight against Phil Davis and I'm sure we're going to do a great fight for the fans. He's in a great phase of his career, coming off a great win, and I just got back to training this month. I will have a great camp for this fight.
"(Johnson) had some ups and downs, missed weight a few times, but he always did amazing fights in the UFC," he said. "He was one of the best at 170 and returned well to the UFC at 205. I'm expecting a tough fight."
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.