Ahead of his UFC 210 matchup with Daniel Cormier this weekend, take a look at the three most devastating knockouts in the career of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
Anthony Johnson has slowly but surely established himself not only as the greatest knockout artist operating in the UFC as of right now, but also perhaps as one of the most fearsome power-punchers to ever compete in the sport of MMA.
With a record five ‘sub-minute’ stoppage victories to his name, his opponent this weekend Daniel Cormier will know full-well that one shot from this absolute behemoth of a man is more than enough to do the trick, something he nearly found out the hard way when they first met at UFC 187.
Now, with the stage set for what should be a truly electric light-heavyweight encounter, we’re going to take a look at the three most devastating knockouts in the career of the man who may well leave the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo this weekend with that coveted strap around his waist.
Anthony Johnson vs Kevin Burns – TUF 8 Finale – December 13th, 2008
It may come as a surprise to some that Johnson, who has recently made his intention to fight at heavyweight known to the world, actually started his career as a massively oversized welterweight. Of course, as he advanced in age and his frame began to thicken, his home at 170lb (and later 185lb) involved a weight-cut that just proved too difficult for him to manage.
Unfortunately for Kevin Burns, however, Johnson hung around in his first division long enough to unload this absolutely thunderous head-kick in the third round of their second meeting back in 2008.
Anthony Johnson vs Glover Teixeira – UFC 202 – August 20th, 2016
You probably saw this one coming, right?
In his last outing, the hard-handed Johnson was matched up for a UFC 202 co-main event encounter with Glover Teixeira, a man who had built up something of a fierce reputation in his own right. For many, it was a very-solid bit of matchmaking from the UFC brass and a bout that promised to keep us all glued to our screens as we waited for the eagerly anticipated matchup between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz in the main-event slot.
Anthony Johnson took just 13 seconds to dispatch the Brazilian veteran, depriving us all of anything resembling a competitive matchup, but at the same time, making a very strong case that he is, in fact, the most terrifying man on the UFC roster right now.
Anthony Johnson vs Charlie Brenneman – UFC on Versus 6 – October 1st, 2011
I know Anthony Johnson is a man primarily known for his frankly ridiculous punching-power but if I’m honest, there’s just something about a good head-kick knockout that trumps all.
Charlie Brenneman was the one on the receiving end of this truly brutal shot and Johnson, who bid farewell to the welterweight division on the back of this win, earned himself his second Knockout of the Night bonus before being axed from the promotion one fight later due to his consistent weight-cutting issues.
In truth, I could have picked three completely different knockouts from Rumble’s collection to create this list but for me, this knockout is probably my own personal favourite.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena