In an unexpected twist to the evening, Anthony Johnson retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) last night (Sat., April 8, 2017) at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York, after getting submitted by UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a huge title rematch. Johnson made the shocking announcement in the post-fight interview with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, which can be seen above courtesy of UFC
Johnson, 33, will retire with a professional record of 22-6, including 16 career knockouts. Since re-entering the promotion back in 2014, “Rumble” put together a 6-2 record with two title fights and countless first-round finishes. He looked good in spurts at UFC 210, but fell victim to the ground-and-pound yet again.
While some may consider Johnson’s retirement premature at this stage in his career, the knockout artist revealed he had another job he had to tend to outside of fighting. It will be interesting to see which light heavyweights take advantage of Johnson’s absence, as it will be a bummer to never see Johnson rumble inside of the Octagon again.
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