Playing the Spoiler; SFS Brings Tristan Johnson In to Lose Every Time
It’s the rematch that was on everyone’s wish list except Tristan Johnson’s.
“[Fighting Will Romero] wasn’t a choice of mine,” Johnson said about his Score Fighting Series (SFS) bout this Friday. “The Score offered it up to me and he’s another top ten fighter and they wanted to give him the rematch.” The Romero vs Johnson rematch will be the first in SFS since its inception where both fights have been contested under the SFS banner.
The Featherweights first fought each other at the inaugural Score Fighting Series event in June 2011 in Mississauga, Ontario. In that fight, Johnson (7-3) won via unanimous decision.
Since the defeat, Romero (9-3) has publicly stated that he wanted a rematch with his rival. However, Scott MacLean, Johnson’s coach, said in a SFS press release (read it HERE) that they “never thought Romero deserved a rematch.”
Tristan justified MacLean’s comments because they had been here before and it did not really make sense to do it all over again. Yet, Johnson doesn’t share the same mindset as his FitPlus trainer and says “top ten fighters can fight other top ten fighters.”
Nevertheless, when SFS offered the rematch in Hamilton, Ontario, Johnson accepted.
“All my fights I have a drive, so it doesn’t matter who I fight,” said Canada’s fourth ranked Featherweight. “I’m always looking for the W.”
Following his victory over Romero, Tristan was immediately added to the second SFS card where he flew into Ontario and quickly finished Lyndon Whitlock, another hometown fighter. Despite the two consecutive wins for the Score, Johnson had a lengthy wait before fighting again. Johnson says he loves fighting for SFS and it’s the best show around, but it was “a little rough” with an exclusive contract and a ten-month layoff with no injuries.
“I wasn’t injured at all. I was ready to fight [after Lyndon Whitlock in Oct. 2011] and I just never got a phone call [from SFS] and I don’t know how I’m suppose to feel about that, you know what I mean,” Johnson said.
“That’s real hard to stay motivated because you feel like they don’t care about you and are just bringing you in to lose every time, you know? I’ve fought hometown guys every time besides Rick Glenn and I don’t get a call for ten months and it’s hard to stay motivated with pressure like that.”
Johnson suffered a TKO defeat to a very tough Rick Glenn at SFS 5 this August. The 28-year-old says the loss has re-motivated him – motivation that has been hard to come by for Johnson this year. As one who always puts “a lot of pressure” on himself to win, Johnson’s hopeful to get back to being comfortable when he’s in the cage to perform at his peak.
“I was always looking to make a big name for myself and for my last fight I didn’t fight the way I normally fight and I tried to go out there and make a statement instead of going out there and just being myself.”
In preparation for Friday’s tilt with Romero, the Jordantown, Nova Scotia native has been doing a lot of work with UFC Lightweight TJ Grant and is “feeling confident again.” Fans can watch the Tristan Johnson vs Will Romero rematch and the entire SFS 7 card live on Top MMA News starting at 7 p.m. EST.
With his mindset clearly focused on Romero and victory. Tristan Johnson is looking to play the spoiler once again.