Anthony Johnson is back.
"Rumble" picked up arguably the biggest victory of his career to date when he dominated Phil Davis en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 172. The victory extended his streak to seven consecutive wins, with his last loss being a submission to Vitor Belfort back at UFC 142.
When asked at the post-fight conference if he felt any pressure heading into the fight against the No. 4 ranked light-heavyweight, Johnson stated that he was simply out there to have fun.
"It didn't bother me at all," Johnson said at the post-fight press conference. "I didn't feel any pressure. I was just out there having fun."
The reason behind Johnson's previous release from the UFC was not so much his record as it was his inability to make the 170lb. weight limit during his tenure with the promotion. He missed weight on three different occasions, including his fight with Belfort, which was later changed into a 197lb. catchweight bout.
Apart from his apparent relief after a successful return to the octagon, Johnson also expressed his gratitude to the UFC and Dana White for taking the decision to bring him back.
While some, including UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan, would not mind seeing Johnson propelled into the light-heavyweight title picture after his performance tonight against Davis, he personally does not believe he is "on the level" of Jon Jones yet and is simply "taking it one fight at a time."
"I have a ton of respect for him [Jon Jones]. He is the champ, but I also know that I have to put in the work to be a real contender. Just because I have this win tonight doesn't make me, in my opinion, a contender. So I am just taking it one fight at a time."