A new weight class. Facing an MMA legend in his home country. And that country is Brazil.
Pressure may be a factor other fighters face in a situation like this, but it doesn't register on Anthony Johnson's radar. The only thing he is concerned with is the next challenge on his road to the top. That test will be Vitor Belfort, and "Rumble" said he is excited to make his middleweight debut when the two square off Saturday at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro.
"I don't feel any pressure at all," Johnson told HeavyMMA. "I'm not worried about what anybody else says or how they feel. This is something that I want to do. I don't feel pressure from anybody or anything. I'm going out there to have fun. I feel great, and I don't have any worries in my mind at all. I don't mind fighting Vitor or anybody else they give me. I don't care."
To ready himself for the fight, Johnson relied on his family of training partners. The squad is a talented collection fighters headed by coach Mike Van Arsdale and ...