Johnson Issues Final Retirement Message To His Fans, Hangs Up The Name “Rumble”

Following his second defeat to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at last weekend’s UFC 210, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson surprisingly announced his retirement from the sport.

With the KO artist and No. 1 contender arguably at the prime of his MMA career, the announcement has caused a bit of confusion and surprise among fans and fighters.

Now, Johnson has taken to Facebook to retire his nickname “Rumble” and to double down on his decision to end his mixed martial arts career.

“Hello Monday! A new beginning starts today and I am so happy about that…My body can recover and I can focus on something different other than mma. MY life has been amazing and I haven’t come close to scratching the surface. I’ll miss mma and every aspect of the game, but my time is over and I’m ready to watch the new generation take over. Now I can be Anthony Johnson/AJ and not Anthony Rumble Johnson! Thank you all for the love and support throughout the yrs… Rumble Squad forever!  #RumbleSquad The End of Rumble” Johnson said.