Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is on a mission

Almost three years have passed since the UFC parted ways with the maligned fighter. He struggled mentally and physically in preparation for welterweight (170 lbs.) and middleweight (185 lbs.) contests, but has now found his proper place within the light heavyweight division at 205 lbs.

Since returning to the octagon, “Rumble” (19-4, 10-4 in UFC) has won three straight contests, including victories over Phil Davis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and No. 1 contender, Alexander Gustafsson.

Johnson traveled to Sweden this past weekend to fight “The Mauler” in his hometown of Stockholm. He silenced the crowd of 30,000 inside Tele2 Arena (second largest UFC attendance in history) with a decisive first round technical knockout. After receiving an accidental eye poke, Rumble composed himself and rocked the Swede with a powerful right hand, sending him to the canvas. A barrage of ground and pound attacks forced the referee to stop the action, giving Johnson the big win.

He earned a $50,000 bonus for his Performance of the Night, and a title shot versus the champion, Jon “Bones” Jones, who had this to say on Twitter following the big win:

Dan Henderson needs to retire

The co-main event of the evening saw Dan “Hendo” Henderson (30-13, 5-7 in UFC) face Gegard Mousasi (36-5, 4-1 in UFC), in what turned out to be a lopsided affair. An early cut to the eyelid of Henderson led to his demise, as Mousasi rocked the 44-year-old veteran to the ground. Almost holding back his punches, the 29-year-old “Dream Catcher” finished his opponent, only needing 70 seconds to win the fight. Mousasi also received a Performance of the Night bonus.

Henderson is a future mixed martial arts Hall of Famer; however, he has now lost five of his last six contests and should consider stepping away from the cage. His legacy would still be very much intact.

FOX drew huge numbers on prime time television

With an 8 pm ET time slot on Saturday, UFC on Fox 14 gained a huge spike in viewers from its last telecast. (The main event began at 3:45 am Swedish time, something Fox might want to reconsider when hosting live international events.)

Our very own SiriusXM Fight Club host Luke Thomas broke down the numbers:

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is happening this weekend

With all the drama over the last couple of weeks, the UFC has done its best to promote this upcoming battle between two veterans. “The Spider” is set to make his long awaited return to the octagon after viciously breaking his leg in Dec. 2013 versus Chris Weidman in their title rematch.

Diaz has also had a lengthy layoff; we last saw him in March of 2013 versus then welterweight champion, George St. Pierre. UFC 183 will be in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on pay-per-view.

This will no doubt be one of the biggest fights of the year. Tune in to the Weigh In show this Saturday from 5-8 pm ET, and our recap show, Post Fight LIVE, following the action, all on Sports Zone 92.

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