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Coming off a starching of Dustin Poirier in about the time than it takes to microwave a Hot Pocket, is about to fight the intimidating Khabib Nurmagomedov at .

The Russian Sambo Machine rides an outlandish 23 fight win streak and is known for rag-dolling anyone who gets in the cage with him—including former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Johnson isn't letting any of that worry him, though. He's actually pretty calm.

"I'm going into this fight no pressure, there's been no pressure on me at all, man," Johnson said to Champions. "I'm coming in here relaxed, easy, ready to fight."

"I come into this fight and I fight my hardest and I'm going to get the upset win," Johnson said. "I like being in this position. My back's against the wall. I'm in a corner. I got to fight out of it and that's what I'm going to do."

Javier Mendez, Nurmagomedov's coach, believes that he was used as a pawn in Conor McGregor's shot at the title. Regardless of any behind-the-scenes politics, Johnson doesn't believe he should be even be in the conversation.

"[Nurmagomedov's] talking all this talk about title shots and this and that — He fights once a year. A guy that fights once a year doesn't deserve a title fight. Stay active. Beat some of the top guys, then start talking about it," Johnson said. "Come Saturday night, the words "title shot" won't even be in his mouth. He'll be thinking about rebuilding and trying to get another win."

Watch our entire interview with Michael Johnson down below.


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