Michael Johnson was able to bounce back from his December loss to Nate Diaz over the weekend, by knocking out Dustin Poirier in the first round. It is a defeat that "The Menace" admits to still feel the sting for until today.
"Not too caught up on the loss but it's definitely still there," Johnson said prior to his fight against Poirier.
Like many fighters today who end up on the winning track, Johnson made a demand to "get paid" right after beating Poirier. It is a trend that former UFC veteran turned Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen is apparently not a fan of.
But in Johnson’s case, he feels he deserves the spotlight, and is adamant to do what it takes prove himself that he is indeed one of the top contenders in the 155-pound division. Even if doing so means taking on Diaz once again.
"It didn’t really piss me off, it just rubbed me the wrong way because I felt like a stepping stone," Johnson said in his appearance on the recent episode of The MMA Hour. "I was like ‘Sh-t, he just beat me and now he’s fighting for this amount of money and getting all this fame.’
"But, Nate’s been around for awhile, he’s a veteran of the sport and he deserves everything he is getting right now. My hat is off to him. It’s good to see these guys succeed the way they are. Now, with that being said, I want my rematch, I want my money and I want these big-money fights and I am here to show the world that I am not to be joked around with in this division."
Video of Johnson's interview can be seen at the 1:57:10 timestamp.