Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has confirmed that he intends to return to the UFC next year as a fighter in the heavyweight division.
The man many consider to be the pound-for-pound hardest hitter in the history of the sport has announced that he will finally make his comeback after a period of uncertainty over his future in the last two or so years.
According to reports from ESPN, Rumble will be angling towards a run in the heavyweight division – a fight that will move that will see him enter his fourth UFC weight-class.
In the past, Johnson has fought at heavyweight – beating Andrei Arlovski under the WSOF banner – but this move, in a time where talent is well and truly lacking in the division, could well be a huge one.
Last seen in action in an underwhelming loss to 205lb king Daniel Cormier at UFC 210, Rumble has been doing everything but fighting it seems – with a dip into both his own businesses and a role in the blossoming bare-knuckle boxing organisation BKFC now under his belt.
As a 35-year-old in the admittedly ageing heavyweight ranks, Johnson will still enter the division as one of its younger members and while no indication has been given about the identity of his next opponent – his manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN that his fighter is interested in a matchup against a ranked opponent such as Junior dos Santos or Alistair Overeem.