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Old 10-03-2017, 03:42 AM #1
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Default Retirement Short Lived. Rumble Johnson Coming Back!

Anthony Johnson’s time in retirement might be short.

Johnson’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that “Rumble,” known for his devastating knockout power, is planning a potential comeback and they will be meeting with UFC president Dana White this week to discuss it.

“It has to make sense for him,” Abdel-Aziz said.

Johnson, 33, would likely return to the UFC as a heavyweight after spending the last three years competing at 205 pounds. Johnson fell to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier by second-round submission in the main event of UFC 210 back in April. Afterwards, he shockingly announced his retirement in the Octagon.

“He’ll come back as a heavyweight,” Abdel-Aziz said. “We want him to come back as a heavyweight.”

Rumble said in May that he was going to be venturing into the marijuana business, which would take him away from focusing on MMA full time. He’s also been outspoken about concussions and the brain disease CTE as reasons why he doesn’t want to fight long term. Back in July, Johnson said he was not considering a comeback.

Abdel-Aziz acknowledged on The MMA Hour that Johnson would have to be in the USADA drug testing pool for six months before returning to competition, which means a potential next fight wouldn’t happen until the second quarter of 2018 at the earliest.

Johnson (22-6) has fought twice for the UFC light heavyweight title and those are his only losses, both to Cormier, going back to 2012. At that time, during his first run with the UFC, he attempted to cut to welterweight. After being released from the promotion, he wisely chose to fight at 205 pounds, rather than 170 or 185, and it resurrected his career in World Series of Fighting.

Now, if it happens, it seems like Rumble will be returning to fight in the heavyweight division, where he’s only competed once (a unanimous decision win over Andrei Arlovski at WSOF 2 in March 2013).

“We’re meeting with UFC this week to see what he wants to do,” Abdel-Aziz said. “Dana White really loves Anthony Johnson. How can you not love Anthony Johnson? He’s terrifying.”
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Old 10-03-2017, 05:37 AM #2
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Awesome news! Wonder what's happening with his weed business.

I bet he can wreck some heavyweights.

Rumble vs. Hunt or JDS would be great.
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Old 10-03-2017, 12:25 PM #3
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I'd love to see him at heavyweight. That division is pretty dead at the moment and needs anyone it can use to elevate it. Plus, the only person left at LHW for him to fight would have been Jon Jones, and that fight looks like it'll probably never happen at this point.
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Old 10-07-2017, 03:32 AM #4
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I'd love to see him at heavyweight. That division is pretty dead at the moment and needs anyone it can use to elevate it. Plus, the only person left at LHW for him to fight would have been Jon Jones, and that fight looks like it'll probably never happen at this point.
Rumble vs. Bigfoot is a like a bad horror movie
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:39 AM #5
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Rumble vs. Bigfoot is a like a bad horror movie
I was thinking more Rumble vs Ngannou (Bigfoot's retired from UFC.)
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:29 AM #6
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With talking about his health after retiring the first time moving to HW seems a bad move. I guess if he's just gonna do a fight or three as I suspect will be the case doe fair play to him.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:52 AM #7
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I was thinking more Rumble vs Ngannou (Bigfoot's retired from UFC.)
Rumble vs. Hunt?
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:13 AM #8
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Hes gonna be a monster at Heavyweight. a strong wrestler is his only weakness but Cain barely fights. I think he could win the title for sure i cant wait.
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Awesome news! Wonder what's happening with his weed business.

I bet he can wreck some heavyweights.

Rumble vs. Hunt or JDS would be great.
Wanted to add Rumble vs. Overeem, that would be another good one.

They already have a personal beef. I believe it started with Rumble calling out Overeem for being reckless in training and injuring sparring partners.

Rumble even said a few years ago that he would move up to heavyweight for a fight with Overeem.
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Old 10-14-2017, 04:39 AM #10
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Wanted to add Rumble vs. Overeem, that would be another good one.

They already have a personal beef. I believe it started with Rumble calling out Overeem for being reckless in training and injuring sparring partners.

Rumble even said a few years ago that he would move up to heavyweight for a fight with Overeem.
Now that is a fight, two bangers where you know 100% there will be no decision. May go one round.
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