Two years after the sudden retirement, the former UFC heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is making a comeback.
At the age of 35, Johnson has built himself an incredible muscular body since the defeat to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210. Recently, ‘Rumble’ was planning to return to the heavy UFC arena in 2020. Johnson’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, shared this news with ESPN on Tuesday.
Johnson owns a proud record in the MMA arena with 22 wins and 6 losses. He debuted UFC in 2007 in the welterweight weight class and moved up to heavy competitions in 2013 with the World Series of Fighting until he stopped playing at UFC.
In recent months, he appeared in public as brand ambassador for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. What surprises us is that although he has retired from the ring, Johnson still has a contract with UFC and recently he posted a message on his Instagram page signaling a comeback on the world’s fiercest stage. .
According to Abdelaziz’s disclosure, Johnson’s next step is to file for a doping test in accordance with US Doping Prevention (USADA). Abdelaziz also stated that Johnson is aiming for Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem for a planned comeback in March 2020.
Having repeatedly revealed his intention to return to UFC but there was no specific move – however, the official joining of the USADA inspection program showed that Anthony Johnson was ready to return to the ring. Claiming a return to 2020 in heavyweight, Anthony Johnson is targeting top 10 boxers of this weight class such as Alistair Overreem and Junior Dos Santos.
In his 11-year professional career, Johnson is known to the audience for notable victories against Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira, Phil Davis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Andrei Arlovski and Dan Hardy. Johnson is also known to be one of the most annoying fists in UFC history, regardless of weight.