Anthony Johnson Not Interested In BMF Belt, Wants Francis Ngannou
There aren’t many fans who are not excited about the upcoming UFC 244 main event between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. But one man who has no interest in the ‘fake-ass’ Baddest Mother F***er (BMF) title, is Anthony Johnson. Instead, Johnson has his sights on winning the ‘real’ UFC heavyweight title and an encounter with a certain Francis Ngannou.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Johnson described the ‘imaginary BMF title as ‘trash’. Adding that he wants to fight for the ‘real’ title, the UFC heavyweight title.
“Save that s*** for them little dudes. If I’m gonna fight for a title, It’s going to be the title that’s going to count, and that’s the heavyweight title. And that’s it. I don’t want any of these fake-ass ‘BMF,’ ‘SMF’ or whatever the f*** you want to call that s***. I just want to fight for the real title.
“How are you going to act like you win the ‘BMF’ or something – how are you going to go home to your kids and be like, ‘You know what? I won one title: Bad Mother F***er’. But at the end of the day, they’re going to say the bad mother f***er is going to be the champion, right? So that s*** is imaginary. It’s trash.”
Johnson retired from the sport two and half years ago, after losing to Daniel Cormier for the second time at UFC 210. Back in February, ‘Rumble’ took up a role for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) but denied that this would mean a return to fighting.
A month later, Johnson teased a return by saying he would come back for a fight with Jon Jones at heavyweight. In July, the 35 year old did return to action, but not in MMA or bare knuckle fighting. The former UFC man took on Craig Jones in a grappling contest at Submission Underground 9 but was submitted in the first round.
A month after making his comeback to competition, his manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN that his man was set to return to the UFC heavyweight division in 2020.
Despite previously saying he will only come back for Jon Jones, it looks like Ngannou is also now on Johnson’s radar. When asked by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto whether he would be interested in a fight with ‘The Predator’, Anthony replied that he would, although it would need to be for something special. And when he says special, we can only imagine that he means the UFC heavyweight title.
Would you like to see Anthony Johnson face Francis Ngannou on his return to the Octagon?