It was not long ago that Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was headlining his own UFC PPV title fight against Daniel Cormier.

Johnson lost that fight to Cormier, by rear-naked choke, and had to go back to the drawling board.

Johnson was on a very good run in the light heavyweight division before losing to Cormier for the belt, but now he will be fighting on UFC 191 as one of the main card fights. He takes on Jimi Manuwa, who is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Jan Blahowicz. Johnson, who is the current number one contender in the light heavyweight division, will be looking to get back on track and show fans that he is not far away from once again fighting for the UFC light heavyweight title.

This is a very good matchup for Johnson to get back on track after his devastating loss to Cormier and he needs to make sure that he can go to bed Saturday night with another victory in his record.

Here are the keys to victory for  Johnson.

Start Fast:

Johnson has lost fights before in his career, but the big problem I see with him losing is the fight right after. Of his last two losses, the next fight after, Johnson won by unanimous decision. You may look at that and see that he can bounce back, but I look at those fights and see how slow he starts in those fights. Johnson needs to come out fast on Saturday and get right in the face of Manuwa.

Use His Experience:

Manuwa may have sixteen professional fights in his career, but only five of those fights are in the UFC. Johnson has fifteen fights in the UFC and has also fought for a UFC belt. Johnson needs to use his experience on Saturday night to get the victory over Manuwa.

Put On A Show:

Obviously every fighter wants to put on a show for the fans, but for Johnson’s sake, he needs to put on a show for himself. Johnson lost to Cormier for the light heavyweight belt and is still ranked as the top contender in the division. If Johnson wins on Saturday, but it is not an exciting victory, he will most likely get skipped over for the next title shot. Johnson needs to put on a show Saturday and walk away with fans excited about his victory.

About The Author

Jeremy Klump
Interview Coordinator / Video Manager

Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.