“Greatest light heavyweight”, “Hope he’s still a monster” – Twitter explodes as Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson prepares for UFC return


Anthony Johnson last fought for the UFC in 2017 but is planning to make a return

The UFC will have another top contender in the Light Heavyweight division as Anthony Johnson is planning his return.

The 36-year-old is considered as one of the fiercest stars in the history of MMA. However, he failed to win a title in the UFC.

Anthony Johnson seems set for a return to the UFC
Mixed martial artist Anthony Johnson spars during an open workout for UFC 202 at Rocks Lounge at the Red Rock Casino on August 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rumble, as he is called, had a couple of chances to clinch the UFC Light Heavyweight title. However, Daniel Cormier stopped him twice. DC has now retired from the business after failing to defeat Stipe Miocic for the Heavyweight title and this news of Johnson will add a lot of excitement to the promotion.

Rumble has an MMA record of 22 wins and six losses but his last fight came in 2017. This was against Cormier at UFC 210 for the Light Heavyweight title. However, Johnson was defeated via submission.

The 36-year-old has kept on training and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, confirmed to Brett Okamoto that Johnson was set to return.

Big changes in the Light Heavyweight division

For fans, a clash between Johnson and Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones would have been epic.

However, Jones has decided to vacate the Light Heavyweight title and wants to try his luck a division up.

Jon Jones has vacated his UFC title
Jon Jones vacated his UFC title recently (Twitter)

Jones is widely regarded as the greatest MMA fighter of all-time, but it will be interesting to see what happens next in his division.

The UFC needs to find a new star and take over the title, but Rumble is still some distance from actually making a return.

He has to go through mandatory drug testing and cannot rush making a return to the Octagon. The 36-year-old still has a lot to prove in the business, but this news got a lot of people excited:


However, others weren’t convinced of Johnson returning with some even questioning the timing:

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