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Henri Hooft says Anthony Johnson’s post-MMA career ‘has to do with football’

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Anthony Johnson may not be aiming to be the next great linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, but according to Johnson’s longtime head coach Henri Hooft, the next career for the newly retired UFC light heavyweight contender still has something to do with the gridiron.

“I’m not going to go into details, because I don’t know the real details, but everybody sees his (social media) pages and it has to do with football,” Hooft said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know, I didn’t really discuss the details, but he seems to be busy with this for awhile and enjoying it. It has something to do, totally different than with MMA, and I think if you really want to stop fighting, you really need to step away from it, because if you keep hanging in there, you’ll probably get lured back in there.

“Anthony is 33 years old, so you never know what happens in the future, but if you want to step away from it, you really need to step away from it. Or you need to become a coach, like I did after my fight career. But it’s totally different than MMA. I think it has something to do with football. If you look at his Twitter and his social media, people will find out sooner or later what’s really going on.”

Johnson stunned the MMA world on Saturday at UFC 210 when he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts following his second-round submission loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, exiting the sport in the prime earning years of his career. The 33-year-old Johnson was vague about the logic behind his decision afterwards, revealing only that he had another lucrative opportunity lined up for his post-fighting life.

“Rumble” did vociferously deny rumors that he’d be joining the LA Rams as a player after many observers noted that his Twitter profile was littered with Rams tributes. Nonetheless, even if Johnson won’t be playing for the team, Hooft implied that Johnson’s next job will indeed be involved with the Rams.

“I think so,” Hooft said. “Listen, I’m a European guy. I know everything about soccer, but not much about the NFL. Sorry about that.”

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