Remembering Anthony “Rumble” Johnson

UFC Legend Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has died at age 38.

By Timothy James | November 13, 2022

The MMA community has lost one of its greats today - Anthony “Rumble” Johnson’s death has been reported by multiple sources. This comes weeks after his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, implored fans to pray for the fighter due to serious health concerns.

Johnson was battling an undisclosed illness, something Rumble posted about to his Instagram account over a year ago.

There were limited updates on Rumble’s conditions, until a few weeks ago when his manager Ali Abedlaziz revealed that the situation was dire. “He’s going through some health problems right now,” Abdelaziz told ESPN on October 28th. “Very sad. I want everybody to pray for him. He’s very strong, spiritually, but pray for him … Anthony, be strong. A lot of people love you.”

The MMA community is mourning the loss of one of its greatest competitors - both inside the Octagon and out.

Johnson was regarded for his devastating knockout capabilities - being one of the scariest light heavyweights to ever compete in the UFC. He went 23-6 in his MMA career across stints in the UFC, Bellator, and some other promotions - including 17 victories by KO, good for a nearly 75% KO rate.

His most notable wins include knockouts over former light heavyweight champion Glover Texeira, light heavyweight contenders Ryan Bader and Jimi Manuwa, former title contender Alexander Gustafsson, and “Minotauro” Nogueira. He also shared the Octagon with UFC legends like Daniel Cormier and Vitor Belfort.

Rumble’s final MMA final was in May, 2021, where he knocked out Jose Augusto Azevedo Barros via KO in a Bellator bout. Before his illness, he was planning a return to competition for 2022.

Anthony Johnson was scheduled to fight Jon Jones at UFC 187 before the fight was canceled due to legal troubles for Jones. However, the promotion for the championship bout gave MMA fans an iconic moment - as Rumble and Bones teamed up to prank UFC president Dana White.

Outside of competition, Anthony Johnson was known for his vibrant personality, being a longtime fan favorite.

Anthony Johnson will be remembered as one of the OGs in the sport who helped shape the UFC into the global sensation that it is today.

RIP, Rumble. Thank you for the memories.

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