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Two-time UFC title challenger Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson dead at 38

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Anthony Johnson, Bellator fighter and two-time UFC title contender, has died.

He was 38 years old.

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MMA Fighting confirmed the news from sources with knowledge of the situation following a flood of social media reports of Johnson’s death.

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The cause of death has not yet been reported.

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Johnson is best remembered for a pair of UFC appearances in 2007-2012 and 2014-2017. In his first run with the promotion, he emerged as an intriguing welterweight prospect with unmatched knockout power, and his second run came at light heavyweight. It was during Johnson’s second UFC appearance that he defeated the likes of Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, Alexander Gustafsson and Phil Davis to earn two shots at the light heavyweight championship.

He announced his retirement after losing a 2017 title shot to Daniel Cormier, but returned to competition in 2021 and once fought for Bellator, defeating José Augusto via second-round knockout. In October 2021, Johnson was scheduled to fight Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov in the Grand Prix tournament, but was forced to withdraw from this fight due to an unknown illness.

Johnson’s professional MMA record was 23-6 with 17 KO/TKO wins.

Mike Heck contributed to this report.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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