“I was always upset. I hated everybody if I was dropping to 170 [pounds], especially on weigh-in day,” Johnson told Sherdog.com after his knockout of D.J. Linderman at the World Series of Fighting’s debut event. “Everything happens for a reason. I don’t take back anything that happened in my past, because if it hadn’t happened back then, I wouldn’t be who I am right now. Moving to [light heavyweight] was definitely the best decision that I’ve ever made in my life.”
On Saturday night, Johnson competed in his fourth fight since receiving his UFC release this past January, knocking out Bellator veteran D.J. Linderman at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The setup for the finish was one not seen often, as Johnson was the recipient of an accidental eye poke just moments prior. The Blackzilian began blinking badly, looking to referee Herb Dean for help. Dean, however, did not see the accidental foul and was unable to step in.
“Nothing was going through my mind except that [Linderman] poked me in the eye,” Johnson said of the sequence. “I looked over at Herb, and Herb said he didn’t see it. I respect him. He’s the best ref in the world. If he didn’t see it, then I respect that, because they don’t see everything.”
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