Anthony Johnson Explains UFC Return

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Anthony Johnson Explains UFC Return

Fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship were surprised to learn that Anthony Johnson had announced his return from retirement. Johnson confirmed he’d make a 2nd attempt at obtaining the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, which escaped Anthony on two previous occasions. Reactions from the fans have been relatively positive, with UFC fighters presenting a more negative response. These competitors have evoked that Anthony Johnson coming out of retirement is pointless, that he’s “Mopped Up”.

These sentiments haven’t deterred Anthony Johnson in his quest to dominate over the Light Heavyweight Division. ESPN & BKFC both questioned the former champion contender on his time away, where Johnson clarified that often he’d miss the sport. Anthony hasn’t competed in professional MMA since 2017, which was an entirely different era of the UFC. Fighters disagreeing with his return could be correct in assuming Johnson’s skillsets aren’t formidable enough to compete in the modern UFC era. Still, Anthony Johnson evokes that he’s missed MMA & missed fighting against the world’s most influential martial artists.

Anthony Johnson revealed his thought process behind returning to the UFC with ESPN & BKFC. He’d remember that during his post-retirement career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there were multiple instances where he’d stand against someone returning from retirement. Johnson noted that most that return end up losing horribly & tarnishing their reputation. However, Anthony clarified that he isn’t like these men, that his time in the UFC saw minimal injuries & barely any contact other than in his two championship fights, which Johnson lost.

The Time of Anthony Johnson

Dana White’s Ultimate Fighting Championship is an ever-changing sport, where an athlete that once made formidable headway in the standings is quickly forgotten about after retirement. This was similar for the 36-Year-Old Anthony Johnson, who last competed against Daniel Cormier at UFC 210. Johnson lost via submission to the former Light Heavyweight Championship.

However, before losing to Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson acquired three back-to-back knockout victories. His talents once made this contender the “Most Dangerous UFC Fighter”. Anthony Johnson has defeated Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, and Ryan Bader. It should be clarified that Dana White & Anthony Johnson haven’t made any formal announcement regarding a return fight, meaning an official contract might not be signed.