UFC Light Heavyweight title contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson announced his retirement in the octagon after his loss to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 in Buffalo.
Johnson said that he has committed to another job outside of MMA but hasn’t fully closed the door on a possible return. He said he is happy going out on his own terms and said he just has something else in life that he wants to do. “The journey’s been so much fun,” he told Megan Olivi backstage.
Anthony Johnson had his mind set before entering the octagon at UFC 210 and would have still gone ahead with his decision to retire win, loss or draw. “Everything’s about timing and I gave my word that this would be my last one,” he said.
Johnson leaves MMA with a record of 22-6. He had back to back knock out wins over Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira before getting the chance to rematch Daniel Cormier once more for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Johnson was again unsuccessful loosing via Rear Naked choke again but will always be remembered as one of the most dangerous heavy hitters in the UFC.
Watch his post fight retirement announcement below