Since the time Anthony Johnson left the octagon following his 2017 misfortune to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210, there have been numerous rumours and theories about his likely return. He has hinted a few times along the way that he could return at either light heavyweight or heavyweight division. At a certain point, Johnson additionally changed to powerlifting and strength conditioning which saw him at an unnerving 285 lbs consisting of pure muscle.
He has been determined to make a comeback in 2020 but UFC President Dana White as of late clarified that Johnson “kind of disappeared again,” breaking the expectations of fans who loved watching his crazy knockouts.
Luckily, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto uncovered today that Johnson was back in the USADA testing pool and that his arrival would possibly be in the Light Heavyweight division.
Anthony Johnson will compete in LHW division
Recently the veteran has made a definite move to tell the MMA world that he is not kidding about contending in the octagon once again. The fighter has reappeared the USADA testing pool, which is a necessity for all competitors in the advancement.
Brett Okamoto uncovered that the 36-year-old will come back to contend in the light heavyweight division. He tweeted, “Breaking: Anthony Johnson will re-enter the UFC’s mandatory drug testing program this week in anticipation of a comeback, per his manager Ali Abdelaziz. Right now, the plan is to come back as a light heavyweight.”
This seems to be the most logical and strategic move for AnthonyJohnson as he is well equipped with the skills and fight IQ required to fight at the light heavyweight division. His power and precision have always helped him achieve the knockout he desires. He was given a shot at the belt on two occasions by the UFC but fell short on both these occasions. Nevertheless, he was the #1 ranked light heavyweight fighter at one point in time.
Anthony Johnson hasn’t revealed when he is targeting his first fight back. However, given his fight history, it will be an absolute slugfest against whoever he gets matched with. This is because ‘Rumble’ has claimed 16 of his 22 wins by TKO.
Johnson would be another prized fighter joining the likes of Dominick Reyes, Jan Blachowicz, and Thiago Santos in the list of fighters who can make a legitimate claim to the title.
How excited are you to see Anthony Johnson make his long-awaited return to the UFC?