The judges’ scorecards may not be needed in this fight between two of the most strong light heavyweights. Johnson has been scheduled for several five-round fights during his UFC career, which includes two unsuccessful attempts to win the 205-pound belt. Johnson, on the other hand, has never advanced past the third round and could find himself in new territory.
“Everybody wants three rounds. Who wants five rounds?” Johnson told MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “That’s 25 minutes of fighting. I’d take 15 over 25 any day, but I’m ready for it. My fights don’t usually last five rounds. It’s either me or them, and that’s fine with me. I don’t like leaving anything to the judges at all. But five rounds, if that’s what it has to be, that’s what it has to be.“I’ve heard that number so many times during my fights for main events and stuff like that. I trained for five rounds. If it doesn’t go five rounds, perfect. Win or lose, perfect, but if it goes five rounds, I’m not worried about it. I have been training hard for this whole entire situation that I’m about to be in May 7.”
“Yoel is a tricky character,” Johnson said. “He’s a ferocious warrior, one of the most ferocious I’ve ever seen. He has the ability to brawl his ass off and knock you out as well. We’ve seen it in a lot of fights, but whatever he throws at me has to be taken seriously. So all I have to do now is be myself. I’m not concerned with what he’s capable of. I concentrate on myself and sharpening my tools, and they must be sharpened as well.