According to his manager Ali Abdelaziz, the former UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson could well return to the octagon.
When Rumble decided to hang up his gloves for good, there was a sense that he had left his business unfinished somewhat. Losing out to Daniel Cormier for the title at UFC 210, he called time on his career and left his reputation as one of the greatest knockout artists of all-time behind him.
According to his manager Ali Abdelaziz, though, a return could be imminent.
In perhaps the calmest moment of an otherwise heated interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Abdelaziz spoke about the future of his fighter Johnson.
“I talked to Rumble last week? He said if Jon Jones fought DC as a heavyweight and if Jon wins, he wants to come back and this is the only fight he thinks he’d come back to fight, Jon Jones.
“Anthony Johnson is [currently] 285lbs. He wants to come back as a heavyweight. But I think it has to be something different.
“He can’t just come back. He misses the sport and says he will come back to fight someone like Jon Jones.
“He’s just having fun. He’s been in the sport for a long time, he’s resting his body, he’s having fun. He will fight again for sure. For sure, 100%.”
Johnson stood as one of the few tests of Jon Jones’ talents that he did not take on at 205lbs during his original run and with him now weighing most than the vast majority of heavyweights – Rumble would no doubt inject the weight-class with even more interest in a time where things are on the up at 265lbs.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena