The Gain: The chance to do it right
Not that long ago, Anthony Johnson was a gigantic welterweight who probably took years off his life to make 170 pounds a few times a year. Then he was a guy who couldn't make middleweight somehow.
Today, he's a hulking 205-pounder with experience at heavyweight who's won six in a row.
Oh, and he just turned 30.
It's been quite the ride for Johnson, an explosive physical specimen who has only been limited by his own mental shortcomings for much of his career. He can wrestle but chooses not to, and he has some of the most violent finishing instincts in the sport on the feet.
His bout with Phil Davis is his first in the UFC since early 2012, and he's coming back to a new division as a new man. If he's able to beat Davis, a top contender who actually matches his talents nicely, his misgivings will be forgotten. In fact, he'll immediately enter championship conversations.
It's a chance to do it right for a guy who's gotten it wrong plenty at this point, and that's a considerable gain to have hanging in the balance.