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Morning Report: Anthony Johnson welcomes return fight with Jon Jones, but believes Daniel Cormier is more dangerous

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

While former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones sorts out his legal matters, Daniel Cormier get another shot at redemption when he faces Anthony Johnson this weekend at UFC 187.

Johnson doesn't seem to mind.

"I'm excited either way," Johnson told TMZ this weekend in New York. "I'm still fighting for a title and I'm still getting paid so I'm good."

Johnson admits he's disappointed not to be fighting 'Bones,' but that he'd happily welcome the former champ back to fighting when if and when he's ready.

"Yea, of course," Johnson said of fighting Jones. "Why wouldn't I be? He's the pound-for-pound king. He'll definitely be motivated and try to destroy everybody like he was before.

"He'll come back bigger, faster, stronger, better than ever."

Despite the praise for Jones, Johnson believes Cormier is the more dangerous of the two.

"This is [Cormier's] second opportunity at a title shot and when people get second chances they come back 10 times stronger and harder.

"He's hungry. He's so determined to win a title and he didn't succeed the first time he had an opportunity. This is his second opportunity. Why wouldn't he come back and give it his all like he did the first time? I think he's going to go absolutely crazy in the fight just to get a title."

Johnson faces Cormier for the vacant light heavyweight title May 23 at UFC 187 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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Khabib knows.

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Nice.

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Soon.

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You think?

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Please be careful. Someone stop Khabib.

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The more you know.

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He's still got it.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via abdel Lkabch.

5 non title fights to make for 2015

Frankie Edgar vs Chad Mendes

so if the aldo/mcgregor fight ends very close i feel like they will do the rematch, even if aldo wins close, so then i would love to see this fight, both fighters extremely talented and i like the storyline for mendes to avenge the loss of faber & for frankie to prove again and again that he really is the legit title contender for the 145 division. i feel like mendes is a more dangerous guy then faber espcially on 145. i think frankie & chad will match up very well and could give us a wonderful show

Henry Cejudo vs Joseph Benavidez

so assuming that John Dodson will win his fight on UFC 187 and be the next contender, i feel like this could be really a legit title contender fight next, espcially for Cejudo. this could be a very serious test for him before jumping in to a fight against mighty mouse, i feel like Cejudo is the next big thing but he don't need to hurry. both fighter will need to win their fight on the next PPV show's

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