Wednesday, February 04, 2009

For Anthony Johnson, size doesn't matter at UFC Fight Night 17

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The comments are unavoidable each time Anthony Johnson (6-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) steps into the cage.

Typically cutting just over 30 pounds in the days before each fight in the UFC's 170-pound division, Johnson and his 6'2" frame typically loom large over his opponent. When Johnson faces 5'8" Luigi Fioravanti at Saturday's "UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens," the comments will undoubtedly be made again.

But as Johnson recently told (, Fioravanti simply can't be overlooked -- no matter how far "Rumble" looks over him.


"A lot of people can't afford the pay-per-views, but they can afford a little cable. I can make sure my fights are seen and get some great exposure for my sponsors at BSN,,,,, and, so the cable is actually helping me better than the pay-per-views right now."

As usual, Johnson will hold a significant size advantage over Fioravanti on Saturday's Spike TV broadcast-opening bout. But as the welterweight makes small steps up the 170-pound division ladder, Johnson knows the skills of his opponent can offset any difference in stature.

"To me every fight gets tougher and tougher," Johnson said. "The bigger my name gets the tougher the competition gets. [Fioravanti] is not a slouch at all. I expect a good fight. He's tough. Hands down, he's tough."

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