Former UFC light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson, who blew up to 285 pounds like “Thunder” from Big Trouble in Little China, has managed to work his way back down to a reasonable weight ahead of his return to combat sports.
Here are the before and after pics from Johnson’s Instagram page (2018 vs. 2021):
“Rumble” is scheduled to trade leather with fellow UFC export Yoel Romero at the upcoming Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Grand Prix on April 16 inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Johnson (22-6), who turns 37 later this week, hasn’t competed in nearly four years. The good news for “Rumble” is that Romero (13-5) will be 44 in April and is coming off three straight losses, which is why the sports books have them at (or close to) even money.
The 205-pound tourney will also feature Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida 2, as well as Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov on April 9. Vadim Nemkov and Phil Davis will run it back for the light heavyweight strap the following week at Bellator 257.