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Johnny Bedford Says He's Going to Finish Rani Yahya
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.11.2014

Johnny Bedford recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night 39. Check out the highlights:

On his move from Ohio to Texas early in his career: "I was doing the MMA thing and chasing my dream in the early 2000s. I was up late one night on an MMA website and I saw an ad on one of the forums that a gym was hiring an instructor. The next day they called me and asked what I thought about working for them. Dallas turned out to be home because I moved down here seven years ago and I haven't left," Bedford said. "In March of '09, the gym I was working for let me go. I opened a new gym when they closed down and I've owned my own gym ever since. We just had our four-year anniversary."

On his game improving once he got to Texas: "Ohio is a great place but for MMA but there is no opportunity up there like there is down here. I moved down here and I can train with real jiu-jitsu players, some of the best boxers and all that. I definitely improved a lot since moving down here. I took the sport a lot more serious. No one seemed to want to do that before. We never had a coach, we never wanted to learn anything new and when you do that you're going to be a .500 fighter, and that's exactly what I was."

On his physical state: "I know everyone says this, but I truly, truly, truly feel better today than I have for any fight camp. I feel stronger; my cardio is better than it's ever been. You hear it all the time, but honest to god, I've never felt better."

On his plans for the fight: "I'm going to put a stamp on Rani Yahya. I don't plan on letting it go to a decision, I'm going to KO him or TKO him for sure. Then I'm going to move on and hopefully I can fight in June in San Antonio."


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