Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Returning to the UFC?
By Michael Sampey
Former light-heavyweight contender, Anthony Johnson, has recently expressed his feelings in reference to the possibility of a return to the UFC, but claims he would like to come back as a heavyweight.
Johnson, who has an MMA record of 22-6, appeared on the Luke Thomas Show where he said:
“Dana’s a business man.
“He knows that when the time is right, we’ll talk about it.
“But right now, the time just isn’t right.
“There’s no point.
“If I’m gonna do it, I wanna do it at heavyweight.
“Everybody can eat, be fat and happy and go out there and slug it out and see what happens.
“If they wanted me to go to 205, I would, if the price was right.”
Johnson, 34, who made his UFC debut in 2007, and has competed in the welterweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight classes across his tenure as an MMA fighter, shocked the fighting community when he retired from competition following his submission loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 in early 2017, as he attempted to win light-heavyweight gold.
While Johnson hung up his gloves, many felt that ‘Rumble’ would eventually make his return in the future.
Johnson may be saying that the timing doesn’t fit with him right now, however, as he has just joined Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), where he will be taking up the role as Head of Fighter Relations, announced last Saturday night during the broadcast of BKFC 4: USA vs Mexico, from Cancun, Mexico.
In his role with BKFC, Johnson will look to enhance relationships with potential and current fighters, bring more brand awareness for the company and help with potential business and sponsorship relations.
As one of the hardest hitting mixed martial artists on the planet, he has notable wins over some of the biggest names in the sport, consisting of Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira and newly crowned ‘champ champ’ of Bellator, Ryan Bader, who currently holds the light-heavyweight and heavyweight titles simultaneously.
Just how much noise can Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson make with a return to the UFC in the heavyweight division?