Oh you thought Rumble Johnson was coming back at welterweight?
Filed to that not too surprised section of MMA comebacks. Anthony Johnson is returning to the UFC. They all return eventually and it’s more shocking it took Rumble Johnson this long too sneak his way back in.
Johnson retired in April 2017 after what many called a really lackluster loss to Daniel Cormier. Once the fight hit the floor at UFC 210, Rumble kind of just flopped.
ESPN with the breaking news
“According to Abdelaziz, Johnson (22-6) will file the necessary paperwork shortly to rejoin the UFC’s mandatory drug program. The UFC’s anti-doping partner, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), requires any athlete coming out of retirement to subject to a six-month testing window, prior to any return to competition.
Johnson and his team have already taken that requirement into consideration, as Abdelaziz told ESPN they are targeting a return in March 2020. Abdelaziz added Johnson is interested in potential fights against ranked opponents, such as Junior dos Santos or Alistair Overeem.”
For basically two years running, Rumble Johnson has been in his bulking up phase. Now that he’s got a good base going, he will return to the UFC as a very large heavyweight. Watch Johnson mess around and miss weight for his first UFC fight at heavyweight. A very Rumble thing to do and a real possible outcome.
Johnson can roll off his yoga mat and instantly become a top five fighter at heavyweight. Book him against a fringe top ten dude, watch him win by KO, and then have him posedown with Junior dos Santos or Alistair Overeem.
Rumble’s back and he’s going to win or lose in very spectacular fashion. It’s the only way.