After losing to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson officially retired from the UFC and mixed martial arts, shocking the fighting world and closing the book on a 12-year career.
In the aftermath of his announcement, Johnson took to social media to thank all his fans and say goodbye:
Hello Monday! A new beginning starts today and I am so happy about that… My body can recover and I can focus on something different other than mma. MY life has been amazing and I haven’t come close to scratching the surface. I’ll miss mma and every aspect of the game, but my time is over and I’m ready to watch tbd new generation take over. Now I can be Anthony Johnson/AJ and not Anthony Rumble Johnson! Thank you all for the love and support throughout the yrs… Rumble Squad forever! #RumbleSquad The End of Rumble
Johnson (22-6) exits the UFC as a top-ranked light heavyweight at 33 years old. He fell short in his bid for the UFC title against Daniel Cormier at UFC 210, losing the rematch via second-round rear-naked choke.
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