Don’t tell Anthony Johnson his fight is off.

Despite the fact his scheduled opponent, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, is the prime suspect in a hit-and-run yesterday in Albuquerque, Johnson has revealed he has not deterred him from training for a matchup with Jones.

Despite all the rumors you have been hearing, they dont stop me or keep me from being focused.. Staying on my grind #RumbleNation

Posted by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on Monday, April 27, 2015

Johnson (19-4) earned his shot at the belt with an violent first round TKO over former title contender Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden last month. This victory gave ‘Rumble’ wins in 11 of hist last 12, including nine straight. He will enter this bout with 13 careers stoppage wins all of which have ended by way of knockout, including a  UFC record four coming inside the first minute.

Jones (21-1), currently the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter on the planet according the The MMA Corner’s fighter rankings, is still being sought by the Albuquerque Police Departe for questioning in regards to his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident yesterday morning. Following an issued arrest warrant, Jones has made plans to turn himself in.

In terms of fighting, the man known as ‘Bones’ was last seen earning a unanimous decision over bitter rival Daniel Cormier in their main event title fight at UFC 182 early this month. It was not soon after all hell broke loose in Jones’ life as it was revealed pre-fight drug test results revealed he had tested positive for cocaine. However, since the Nevada State Athletic Commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, Jones was not suspended due to the fact the fact cocaine is not considered a banned out-of-competition substance. As a result, Jones was not handed a suspension.

 

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