Monday, February 09, 2009

UFC Fight Night: Anthony Johnson Knew He Punched Hard Because His Hand Hurt

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Anthony Johnson is starting to look like he's going to be a real force in the UFC's welterweight division. A 24-year-old with an amateur wrestling background, Johnson is working with Cung Le and starting to turn himself into an elite striker. But after using that striking to beat Luigi Fiorvanti on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 17, Johnson had some interesting things to say about what it felt like.

"It actually surprised me," Johnson said of the punch that sent Fiorvanti reeling. "Every time I hit somebody -- you know, catch them good -- I don't even realize I hit them right. I hit him, and I knew I hit him solid after my hand hurt. And then I saw him drop and I was like, 'Yeah, I got you now.'"

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