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Morning Report: Anthony Johnson asks Alexander Gustafsson how long he plans to 'sit out' and 'hide' from him

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

And we're back on Gus. After taking a day off to label Alistair Overeem 'the biggest p*ssy in the heavyweight division,' Anthony Johnson picked up his campaign to fight Alexander Gustafsson.

Johnson took to Facebook Wednesday looking to illicit a response, but wouldn't clarify who exactly he was referring to.

Counted among the confused masses, famed trainer John Hackleman commented on the post asking for some clarification. "who's the chicken... ps,I love you facebook posts...," Hackleman asked. "Pit Master what's up brother. Hopefully a Swedish fighter can get the hint," Johnson responded shortly after.

Well, 'Rumble' didn't wait long for a response from Gustafsson, asking the Swede how long he planned on hiding from him in a post about an hour later.

Regardless of the bout earning Dana White's blessing, Gustafsson hasn't warmed up to the idea. Unimpressed with Johnson's wins over Phil Davis and Antônio Rogério Nogueira since returning to the UFC in April, Gustafsson remarked Monday that 'Rumble' needed to 'a few more' wins. Big-timing Johnson by saying they weren't 'on the playground anymore,' Gustafsson claimed the fight didn't make sense for 'a long and successful career.'

On Wednesday, Gustafsson's manager Manos Terzitaine told Ariel Helwani that it no longer mattered to their team if their fighter waited to face the winner of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier in January or fought someone else in between, so the bout with Johnson could come together sooner than later.



Pleading 'not guilty.' Jonathan Koppenhaver entered a plea of ‘not guilty' on 32 felony counts in his first appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom on Wednesday.

Shogun vs. Poster Boy. A light heavyweight bout between Mauricio Rua and Jimi Manuwa is being discussed for a fight in Brazil, according to a report on UFC Tonight.

Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas discusses the potential of Anthony Johnson vs. Alexander Gustafsson, the role weight cutting could play longterm in MMA, buying UFC 177 and more in this week's live chat.

Watered down. 'King' Muhammed Lawal is concerned over the quality of MMA and that less events is the answer. 'I think what Bellator is doing right now is great, cutting back on the amount of shows so they can put out quality events. Now, what [passes] as a quality event these days, [one good fight] here and there.'

Only on PPV. Pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross and Chael Sonnen will serve as the broadcast team for Battleground MMA, a pay-per-view show in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 3.




Media day highlights from Foxwoods.


Alistair Overeem talks Ben Rothwell, injuring Jon Jones and his walking around weight.


Matt Mitrione's survival kit.


Tyron Woodley explains why he doesn't want to fight Hector Lombard.


You should watch this purely to hear war machine's lawyer.


TUF 20 strawweights explain how they are or aren't 'the next Ronda Rousey' that Dana White was talking about. (???)


Long watches.

UFC & Bellator Connecticut Care/Don't Care Preview


Press Row with Jordan Breen and Fight Opinion founder Zach Arnold.




This is getting out of hand.


One of these is not like the others.


Get well soon.


That is danger.


One last time.


Big day.


Maybe a cameo.


No context needed.



Announced yesterday (Sept. 3 2014)

Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis at UFC 179

Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili at UFC 179

Josh Hill out, Marlon Moraes vs. Cody Bollinger at non-title WSOF 13 headliner

Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez at UFC Fight Night: Austin

Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Jared Rosholt at UFC Fight Night: Austin

Neil Magny vs. William Macario at UFC 179

Fabricio Camoes vs. Josh Shockley at UFC 179


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