Anthony "Rumble" Johnson may be next fighting against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Sunday on the UFC on FOX 12 card in San Jose, but one action star is predicting he'll soon be fighting for, and winning, the light heavyweight championship of the world. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed to UFC Magazine that he's such a big fan of "Rumble," recently, that he is considering claiming the MMA fighter as a relative.
"I bet 2015 will be the year of Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson: a bad dude. When he becomes champion, I’m gonna have to claim him as my cousin!" the Hercules star laughed.
Johnson is carrying a seven-fight win streak into the cage with him Sunday night after making a successful and dominating return to the UFC last April against Phil Davis. Should he beat Nogueira, who himself is returning after a year and a half injury layoff after beating two former champions in a row (Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz), "Rumble" will likely find himself on a short list of 205 pound contenders.
Johnson is confident, if pragmatic, about his chances of beating Nogueira, who is calls a legend of MMA. "Can he submit me? Of course. Can he knock me out? Of course. Can I knock him out? Most definitely," Johnson said in the interview below.
Who are you picking to win on Sunday? Watch Johnson spend some down time with Megan Olivi (below) and let us know in the comments section!
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