Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson has said he wasn't surprised when he heard the news that Alistair Overeem was the one to injure Jon Jones, calling Overeem a 'bully' in training.
Rumble trained with the Blackzilians camp for a short time and he said he saw Overeem, one of the Blackzilians' biggest fighters, injure other fighters 'accidentally on purpose'.
It's clear in his interview with Fighters Only magazine that Rumble has some bad blood between himself and Overeem and it seems possible that he's willing to make the leap to heavyweight to fight Overeem.
Speaking about a possible fight with Overeem, Rumble said that if offered the fight, he would take it immediately - adding that he wants to "knock his head off".
“If Joe Silva called me up and offered me that fight, yeah, I'd take that and knock his head off,” Johnson adds.
"I would take that fight immediately, without hesitation. And that’s not because I see my long term future at heavyweight either. Not really. But before I retire – which I don't plan on doing any time soon either – I do plan on fighting at heavyweight a couple of times.
“And, well, right now, Alistair Overeem is the right guy (laughs). I'd love to knock him out. And I’d do it with a big smile on my face too," said Rumble.
A move to heavyweight would help Rumble
A move to heavyweight, even if just for a short period might be the best thing for Rumble.
Jones and Daniel Cormier's bout has been moved to January and even though Dana White has said that he wants Alexander Gustafsson to fight again (most likely against Rumble) before he gets his title shot, the Swede is more than happy to sit and wait.
That leaves Rumble with no top opponent and the only matchup he's likely to get outside of the 'big three' is the winner of Ryan Bader vs Ovince St Preux from Saturday's Fight Night event in Maine.
Whereas if he goes to heavyweight, a fight with Overeem is going to be a headline fight for a Fight Night or would serve as a great co-main event on a pay-per-view as well.
The UFC's light heavyweight contendership for the near future is Cormier to Gustafsson to Rumble and they can't really afford for Rumble to be clearing out contenders like Bader or St Preux.
Johnson has fought at heavyweight before and as he said in his Fighters Only interview, a return to heavyweight would interest him. Perhaps now is the best time as he can go out fight Overeem and another mid-ranked heavyweight and return to light heavyweight for a title shot.
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