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“Hits Way Too Close to Home” – UFC World & 2X Superbowl Champion ‘Broken’ After Anthony Johnson News

Published 11/14/2022, 5:26 AM EST

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Anthony Johnson, aged 38, a former UFC Heavyweight fighter, passed away after facing health issues for over a year. Health concerns troubled him for a long time and stayed for a better part of the year in the hospital.

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Widely respected, former UFC star ‘Rumble’ had a great MMA career and a record of 23-6. Having accumulated 17 knockout wins and six through decisions, he last stepped in the octagon in 2017 and later switched to Bellator.


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He revealed on Instagram in late 2021 that he was facing health concerns. He also shared a picture with his coach where it is visible how much weight he has lost. Fans and fighters got concerned when they saw him in this shape.

Fighters and celebrities tweet to show their respect

After Anthony Johnson’s passing away on Sunday, fighters used social media to share their emotions and pay respect to Rumble. It was a sad day for the MMA sport.

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The former UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson uploaded a story on his Instagram handle – ‘mighty‘ about the devastating news, reminiscing about the wonderful memories and sending his condolences to Rumble’s family.


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He wrote, “Devastating news. Hits way to close to home. Praying for your family and loved ones. …

Ryan Clark, former 2x Superbowl champion, also used his Instagram handle – ‘realrclark‘ to pay homage to the late fighter. He wrote, “Rest Easy Rumble.

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Thus, many UFC personalities were saddened by the loss.

Rumble’s UFC stint


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Anthony Kewoa Johnson began his the UFC career in 2007 and fought under contract until 2017. He fought in multiple weight divisions and accumulated a lot of success. He fought many well-known superstars and tasted victory against some of them.

The fight with Kevin Burns was a duology, losing in the first fight and avenging his loss in the second. He lost against ‘The Phenom’ Vitor Belfort. While he stood victorious against ‘The Mauler’ Alexander Gustafsson, he faced Daniel Cormier twice for the title, losing on both occasions.


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Highly respected, ‘Rumble’ was one of the best fighters. After UFC he went to Bellator, where he only fought once. If it wasn’t for his health concerns, he could have easily had a lot more success in his professional MMA career.

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Written by:

Himakshu Keval Vyas


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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.
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Rohini Kottu