A new day has officially dawned for Anthony Johnson.
In the aftermath of his shocking retirement at UFC 210, the man they call “Rumble” took to social media on Monday to issue his farewell to mixed martial arts and thank his supporters for their love and support over his 12-year career. Johnson signed off his message by announcing “The End of Rumble.” Check that out below.
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 tbd 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 (22-6) exits the fight game as a top-ranked light heavyweight at the age of 33. He fell short in his second bid for the UFC title against Daniel Cormier at UFC 210, losing the rematch via second-round rear-naked choke.
Johnson announced his retirement in the cage following the loss, bringing an end to a career that saw him emerge as one of the most feared punchers in the sport and score notable victories over Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, Andrei Arlovski, Dan Hardy, and more.