On June 20, 2009, The Ultimate Fighter Nine Finale was suppose to feature a fight between rising welterweight prospects, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and John "Doomsday" Howard. Both fighters were said to have signed the bout agreement; however, Howard apparently never submitted the contract.
Needless to say, the fight never came to be and the TUF Nine Finale went on with out it. Now, with two more fights under his belt, Johnson is calling out Howard to compete in the fight that he seemingly backed out of.
On his Facebook account, Johnson had this to say, "John Howard come out where ever u r. I've been wanting 2 fight u since u backed out of the contract u signed 2 fight me. "
With both fighters coming out relatively unscathed from their most recent bouts with minor medical suspensions, this fight seems to be a likely scenario in the early part of 2010, possibly at UFC 110 or 111.
In his last fight, Johnson was forced to tap out due to a rear-naked choke at the hands of welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck. Even with the loss, Johnson showed glimpses of his true potential.
Still, a loss is a loss, and Johnson still needs work before throwing down with the welterweight contenders, and a guy like John Howard is perfect in his attempts to fine-tune his flaws.
Howard shouldn't be underestimated though, his record his 13-4 and he is currently riding a six-fight win streak (three within the UFC.)
His wrestling attack is very powerful and often underestimated, as well as his boxing. His short, stout frame gives him some deadly power in his hands and take down attempts.
Both fighters match up extremely well, and this has the potential of adding some serious depth to a PPV card. And if one of the UFC's top prospects wants to fight a guy that he was already suppose to fight, Dana White and Joe Silva should start throwing the bout agreements together.