Hello Monday! A new beginning starts today and I am so happy about that... My body can recover and I can focus on something different other than mma. MY life has been amazing and I haven't come close to scratching the surface. I'll miss mma and every aspect of the game, but my time is over and I'm ready to watch tbd new generation take over. Now I can be Anthony Johnson/AJ and not Anthony Rumble Johnson! Thank you all for the love and support throughout the yrs... Rumble Squad forever! #RumbleSquad The End of Rumble
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender, Anthony Johnson, retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) last Saturday night (April 8, 2017) following his submission loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210.
Full details on how that transpired right here.
Not that Johnson is no longer making hay while the sun shines in combat sports, the athlete formerly known as “Rumble” — thanks to 16 knockouts in 22 wins — will know simply be known as Anthony or “AJ.”
So much for that potential return.
Johnson finishes his combat sports career with a 22-6 record and unfortunately, was never able to throw hands with Jon Jones, despite a pairing at UFC 187 that ultimately went to Cormier (because of this).
At age 33, there is still a solid chance Johnson will get the itch to return, especially if Cormier retires (or succumbs to “Bones” for the second time) and the division begins to open up.
Time will tell.