Former UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has a message for UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight fighters.
Johnson, 36, last competed inside the Octagon at UFC 210 in April 2017. He fought Daniel Cormier for the UFC light-heavyweight title, losing to Cormier via submission (rear-naked choke) in the 2nd round. It was his second fight against “DC” and his second shot at trying to capture the UFC light-heavyweight title. Having lost both times, Johnson retired from the sport of mixed martial arts.
Since his retirement, Johnson has ventured into different things, including launching his own CBD oil company and being appointed as the head of fighter relations for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships.
Fans have been looking forward to the return of “Rumble” in the Octagon, since his retirement back in 2017. Since then, there have been plenty of speculation regarding a the comeback of Johnson. In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, “Rumble” revealed that he is indeed looking to make his comeback to the UFC, but needs to get back into the USADA testing pool first. Johnson also took the chance to send out a warning to the UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.
See what the former UFC light-heavyweight title challenger had to say:
“Everything is going smooth,” Johnson said “No date set, yet. I just plan on catching a lot of bodies when I come back, that’s all I know. It don’t matter if it’s heavyweight or light heavyweight. I’ll knock ’em all out. It don’t matter.
I weigh 230, 235 right now – something like that,” Johnson said. “I’ll fight both. It don’t matter what weight. (Miocic and Jones are) both athletes, they’re both champions, they’re both great fighters. The best ever in both weight classes. So, I’ll be glad to take the opportunity to fight both of them, no matter what.
When you feel like you’ve still got it, or you still feel like you have something to prove, you’re willing to go out there and sacrifice your life pretty much to go out there and prove it,” Johnson said. “Not just to everybody else, but to yourself.”
Anthony Johnson sports a professional MMA record of 22-6, with 12-2 in his last 14 fights. His last 2 losses are both in title fights against Daniel Cormier.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 12th March, 2020.