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Dana White: Anthony Johnson needs another fight before contender status

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UFC President Dana White was complimentary about Anthony “Rumble” Johnson’s performance on Saturday night but explained that he needed another fight to boost him self to contender status.

Esther Lin

Anthony Johnson may be coming off two remarkable wins since returning to the UFC, but according to Dana White, he still has to have at least another fight to secure contender status in the division.

The UFC President spoke briefly about Johnson at the event's post-fight press conference, where he confirmed his admiration for the former welterweight's power and ability at 205lb. Johnson displayed his brutal finishing ability in the co-main event on Saturday night when he dispatched Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in 44 seconds with a pair of vicious uppercuts.

"It's amazing," White said at the presser. "I don't think we've ever had a guy go from 170 (pounds) to 205 and actually be more powerful and more devastating than he was at 170. It's crazy. I've never seen anything like it.

"I was blown away by Anthony's performance tonight. He made it quick, and he made it look easy. It was unbelievable. We'll get him another fight."

While White was clearly in awe of Johnson's achievements in his last two fights, he still believes the Boca Raton resident is still one more fight away from joining the upper echelon of the division.

"There is no doubt he's a contender but he still needs another fight to get into that (level)."