Anthony Johnson Announces He Is Back After A Huge Health Scare, Hopes To Fight Before 2023

Rumble is back

(via Anthony Johnson's Instagram)

Six months after withdrawing from the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, Anthony Johnson is back training.

Last September, the MMA fandom had their hearts broken as Johnson pulled out of his fight with Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemov. While it hurt that we didn’t get Johnson vs. Nemkov, it was a good thing because Johnson had a serious illness in the long run.


The specifics of Johnson’s illness are still not pretty clear, although he shared a video of a bunch of bacteria that was pumped from his stomach last October.

Just showing a little bit of what’s been going on. This video is a month old…
When I 1st went to the hospital from being sick they pumped all bacteria from my stomach.  This container was the size of a football. No wonder why I wasn’t feeling good but this is only ONE of the reasons and only the 1st pump they did because they did another one days later and I had plenty then. 2nd picture is after the 1st pump,” Johnson wrote.

First day back

On Wednesday, Johnson shared that it was his first day back, and when he eventually fights again, he will be even more dangerous.

“1st DAY BACK. If you knew the path I’m on you’d understand this is a big step. When I’m back you’ll see a different, more dangerous version of what you’ve already seen. @drcpeacock 💪🏾 always has me ready when a battle is announced.  Nothing to announce yet but hopefully before the yr is over I’ll get the green light,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. 

‘Rumble’ was successful in his Bellator debut when he knocked José Augusto Azevedo Barros out in the Quarterfinal of the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.

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Published on May 12, 2022 at 8:12 pm
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