Watch Anthony Johnson surprisingly hang up the gloves after a loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210.
Much like their first encounter, Anthony Johnson had moments of success in the striking exchanges during his title bout. On the UFC 210 main event, he broke Daniel Cormier’s nose and landed quality shots, but it was DC’s wrestling that eventually prevailed.
Moments after the contest, Rumble surprised everyone when he took the mic and announced his retirement.
“I don’t have any excuses; I lost again to the better man. Props to DC,” Rumble started. “This is something I have to do — for me. I love you all. This was my last fight.
“I didn’t even tell Dana White, I didn’t tell anybody. My coaches knew, my family knew, my friends knew. I didn’t want any distractions. But I have to thank you all for being there for me.”
Johnson seems to still be at the peak of his athletic prowess. He has torn through every single fighter since moving up to light heavyweight, with the exception of the champion in Cormier. He has dispatched of contender after contender, and was interestingly enough, still the slight favorite on this title bout.
All of this makes the retirement such a shock for many, but Rumble says he is ready to transition to other things outside of fighting.
“I gave my commitment to another job, something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s not even MMA-related or anything like that,” he said. “It’s just time for me to move onto something else. I’m tired of getting punched by guys and getting rolled around by guys and stuff like that. Ain’t nothing fun about that. I enjoyed you UFC. I will never, ever forget you. And what better place to end my career than Buffalo, New York.”
Johnson also gave props to former UFC commentator Mike Goldberg, and former champion Jon Jones.
“I have to say one more thing: Big shoutout to my boy, Goldie. He wasn’t here, and I wanted him to be here for my last fight. But Mike, I love you, baby.
“And my man Bones right here, keep your head up, baby. I know we didn’t give the fans the fight that they wanted. Maybe in the next life we’ll do that. I don’t have to boo you, baby. I got nothing but love for you. Stay up.”
Johnson retires with a 22-6 record after almost 11 years in the sport. He has fought from welterweight all the way up to heavyweight, but it was at 205 lbs where he shined. The 33-year-old has wins over the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira among others.
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