Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson retires in shocking announcement at UFC 210: ‘This was my last fight’

By Newsroom on April 9, 2017
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  • The No. 1-ranked light-heavyweight contender made a shocking announcement following Saturday’s loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210, telling the crowd that he was retiring from the sport.

    “This was my last fight,” Johnson announced to the Buffalo fans. “I didn’t even tell Dana White, I didn’t tell anybody. My coaches knew, my family knew, my friends knew. I didn’t want any distractions. I have to thank you all for being there for me.

    “I gave my commitment to another job, something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while; it’s not MMA-related or anything like that. It’s just time for me to move on to something else. I’m tired of getting punched and rolling around on the ground with guys and stuff like that. Ain’t nothing fun about that.”

    Johnson says he planned to retire from the sport whether he defeated Cormier to win the title or not after committing to a new job outside of mixed martial arts.

    “It’s been in my mind for a while, but I gave another venture my word. Win, lose or draw this was going to be my last one,” Johnson told FOX Sports afterward. “They are waiting on me. So I just have to do it.”

    Johnson didn’t want to reveal his new job but said “in due time” everybody would find out.

    “I gave something else my commitment,” Johnson explained. “If I don’t like it, I can come back and still fight and hopefully the world will still accept me with open arms.”

    If this really is the end of Johnson’s career, he would retire as a two-time title contender in the UFC with a 22-6 overall record.

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