Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, A UFC Fan Favorite, Dead At 38

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, an MMA mild heavyweight fighter who went 23-6 in his profession largely with UFC, has died. He was 38.

Bellator MMA introduced Johnson’s dying on social media on Sunday. A Bellator spokesman mentioned Johnson had been ailing for greater than a yr.

“The BELLATOR family is devastated by his untimely passing and we send our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time,” the announcement mentioned.

Anthony ”Rumble” Johnson earlier than a bout in 2014.

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Throughout his profession, Johnson had 17 knockouts and 6 victories by determination. His final struggle was in Might 2021.

In September 2021, Johnson posted on Instagram that he wanted “as many prayers as I can get” and was in a battle, noting it was “NOT COVID.” On Might 17, Johnson posted on Instagram that he had gotten excellent news from his physician, saying there have been “big improvements.”

However in late October, Johnson’s supervisor spoke to ESPN, saying that Johnson was “going through some health problems right now … he’s not doing well.

Anthony Johnson kicks Daniel Cormier in their first UFC championship bout in 2015.
Anthony Johnson kicks Daniel Cormier in their first UFC championship bout in 2015.

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Daniel Cormier, a two-time Olympian and MMA fighter, expressed his condolences online, saying “for a guy who struck fear into so many peoples (sic) heart (he) was a caring person.”

“From random text to check ins during loss,” Cormier mentioned. “What a person he was … sometimes life doesn’t seem fair.”

Johnson fought within the UFC from 2007 to 2017, most notably dropping twice to Cormier in mild heavyweight title bouts. Johnson competed in three weight lessons for the UFC and established a popularity as a strong puncher and a fan favourite for his aggressive, striking-based method in MMA.

Johnson retired in 2017 from the UFC after his second title loss to Cormier, however he returned to competitors with Bellator for one bout in 2021 earlier than his well being issues worsened.