UFC Fight Night 107's Timothy Johnson happy to play super-sub role as heavyweight picture shakes out

LONDON If the UFC officials need a heavyweight to fill in on short notice against top-10 opposition, Timothy Johnson will be their huckleberry.
The mustachioed man from North Dakota has been used by the UFC to bolster fight cards in Europe in his last three fights. But with a raft of heavyweight bouts involving top contenders set to take place in the coming months, Johnson says he’s ready and willing to become a super-sub for the UFC and step in to save the show at late notice if any of the upcoming bouts suffer a withdrawal.
“I’ve been pretty quiet about stuff all the time stuff always lines up where it does,” Johnson said following his UFC Fight Night 107 win over Daniel Omielanczuk. “But I’ll go out there and fight anybody. I might not win, but I’ll go out there and fight. That’s what I’m here to do.
“Right now, there’s a lot of heavyweights in the top-10, right the way from the champ to 10, that do have fights, and I’m going to stay ready. If someone falls off, I’ll be more than happy to climb in and fill a spot. Whether it’s from (No.) 1, 2, 3, 4, I don’t care. Everyone will expect me to lose, so that should be an easy win for the other guy, right?”
Johnson defeated Poland’s Omielanczuk by split decision after three punishing rounds at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107 event in London, which took place at O2 Arena and streamed on UFC Fight Pass. After a hard-fought contest, Johnson admitted he yearned for the days that saw him claim the quickfire wins that initially earned him his spot in the UFC.
“Prior to signing with the UFC, and even my first UFC fight, I’d never been out of halfway through second round,” he explained. “So I think I’m going to go back to trying to get it done in the first round because 15 minutes for a heavyweight, I don’t like it too much.
“Daniel’s a heck of a fighter he’s kind of the same style as me. You can hit him, and he’s going to not be fazed. I was hoping I’d be the first one to KO or TKO him, but he’s a tough fighter.”
To hear more from Johnson, check out the video above.And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 107, check out the UFC Events section of the site.








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