Manager: Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Will Return at Heavyweight For Jon Jones

Anthony Johnson retired in April 2017 and left the MMA community in shock. If talks circulating at present are true, fans may not have seen the last of the “Rumble.”

Since losing his UFC 210 title fight via submission against Daniel Cormier in April 2017, the ever-popular light heavyweight contender left UFC for good. Rumble Johnson slid into bodybuilding and put up his own Cannabis business.

Rumble Johnson Vs Bones

Now, rumours have been circulating that it will not be the last time fans will see the 34-year-old fighting inside the Octagon. In an interview at Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Johnson’s manager Ali Abdelaziz revealed that the former two-time champion will eventually be back in action.

Though Abdelaziz did not provide further details about Johnson’s return, the report claimed that ‘The Rumble’ will be fighting at heavyweight. He is at 285 lbs at present, a weight 20-pounds close to the division’s 265-lb limit.

“I talked to rumble last week, right? And he said if Jon Jones fought DC as a heavyweight, and if Jon wins, he wants to come back and this is the only fight he thinks he’d come back to fight, Jon Jones.”

“Anthony Johnson is 285-pounds [right now]. He wants to come back as a heavyweight. But I think it [will] have to be something different. He can’t just come back. He misses the sport and says he will come back to fight someone like Jon Jones.”

Having Fun

Continuing, Abdelaziz assured the fans that Rumble is definitely fighting again. However, it seems like “Bones” is the only rival he’ll come out of retirement for.

“He’s just having fun [with the bodybuilding]. He’s been in the sport for a long time; he’s resting his body, he’s having fun. He will fight again for sure. For sure, 100 per cent.”

Johnson has been lauded for his speed and explosive striking skills, which earned him a win-loss record of 22-6. His three-fight winning streak was halted when he lost to the now champ-champ Daniel Cormier for the vacant light heavyweight title.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Anthony Johnson and Instagram/Jon Jones

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