Anthony Johnson set for UFC Return

Anthony Johnson
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Anthony Johnson celebrates after knocking out Glover Teixeira of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

One of the hardest hitters in the game, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson is set for his UFC return. He will re-enter the USADA testing pool, Johnson is looking to make a comeback, having retired in 2017. We hinted back in May that Anthony Johnson was likely to return and it looks like we were right.

With a record of 22-6, with 16 knockouts, Rumble is one of the scariest men to ever enter the octagon. Having fought as low as welterweight (yes, we have no idea how he got there either), Johnson looks to be returning at light heavyweight, despite suggestions he might make a run at heavyweight.

Most Recent UFC Run

Having re-signed for the UFC in 2014, Anthony Johnson holds a record of 6-2, having only lost to Daniel Cormier in two title fights. On this run, he knocked out Antonio NogueiraAlexander GustaffsonJimi ManuwaRyan Bader and Glover Texeira. Each of these victories also saw him pick up a post-fight bonus.

Still one of the scariest guys in the division, Anthony Johnson can certainly make a title run in his return. Especially with the division up in the air due to Jon Jones‘ relinquishing of the belt.

With stand-up ability rivalling anyone’s at 205lbs, if Johnson can work on his ground game he’s going to dominate. Five of his six career losses have come via submission, all via rear-naked choke. He looked massively outclassed against DC in their rematch on the ground and it is certainly something that needs addressing. He has been competing in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, including Quintet Ultra back in December of last year, so hopefully, this shows good signs.

Potential Opponents

As his most recent fight was for the title, Anthony Johnson will likely jump straight into a big fight. With plenty of new blood at 205lbs, Johnson can have his pick. Dominick ReyesThiago SantosAnthony Smith and Jan Blachowicz have all become top contenders since Johnson’s retirement.

The fight to make, however, could well be Anthony Johnson vs Jiri Prochazka. Prochazka burst onto the scene at UFC 251, knocking out former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir. In what would guarantee fireworks, this one would be a test for both men.

 

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