Anthony “Rumble” Johnson finally has everything ready to return to UFC, but it is not yet clear when it will return to the most important octagon in the world. The former title contender actually retired in 2017, after suffering a second-round submission loss to Daniel Cormier, in his bid to become light heavyweight champion. Subsequently, he kept his focus away from fighting outside of an ambassador role that he assumed with the fledgling promotion at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships.
But as time went by Johnson he began to feel the desire to compete again and made his intentions clear that he intended to fight again. Earlier this week, his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, confirmed plans for him to re-enter the anti-doping program of UFC. This requires six months of drug testing before he is allowed to fight again. According AnthonyIn fact, he has been one of the strongest opponents against the fighters returning from retirement, but he does not fear for his return.
“Honestly, I missed the sport,” he said. Johnson when asked about his return to UFC, during a BKFC press conference. “I missed competing. So I know that at one point I was against the guys coming back from retirement. Usually you see them cleaning. BJ Penn came back cleaned up. I’ve seen everyone who came out of retirement being cleansed, ”he dictated. It’s not uncommon for fighters to return from retirement only to find an unsuccessful future awaiting them.
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Johnson knows he is in a different situation, because he left moments after competing for a title of UFC. Add to that that with three years away from sports and only 36 years old, he had time to allow his mind and body to recover. Thus, while embarking on another career. “I just don’t want to be one of those guys who gets erased, but I still feel good,” he said. “I have no injuries. While I was in the UFC, I didn’t take a lot of hits unless I lost and that was not often, “he added.
Anthony confirmed his intention to compete in the light heavyweight division, despite having previously hinted at a comeback at heavyweight. When you finally book your first fight Johnson He will return to a very different division than the one he left in 2017. Jon Jones just vacated his title and Cormier has apparently retired, after his most recent fight. Thus, it means that, for the first time since 2011, there will be a new light heavyweight champion from UFC besides those two men.
It looks like Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz are on a collision course to fight for the vacant title, but Johnson it will certainly be a temptation once you are eligible to compete again in 2021. Anthony He added that he currently has “a couple more fights” on his current contract with UFCBut he’s not setting any expectations about his future until he finally returns. Now, who will be his first rival on his return to the cage?