“Rumble” Leaving UFC for Marijuana Business
When Anthony “Rumble” Johnson announced his retirement after losing to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210, the MMA world was beyond stunned. The fighter announced he had a new career planned but kept the details close to the vest. Now, Johnson has given away the secret.
Appearing on WWE star Booker T’s podcast “Heated Conversations“, Johnson said that he and a friend were getting into the medical marijuana business.
“We’re opening up a facility, if you know what I mean,” Johnson said. “It’s for medical uses. … We got some good things going on. It’s already big. We’re just waiting for that law to pass and whenever it passes, we’re golden. We’re playing our cards right, we’re playing by the book, so that way there’s no issue.”
As for why Johnson stepped away from the UFC despite being in his athletic prime and one of the top contenders in the light-heavyweight division, the heavy-handed striker said that he wants to take care of his health now so that he does not have to pay for it later in life.
“My health, man,” Johnson said. “You hear about CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and all this other stuff. Head injuries. You’re harming your body playing football and stuff like that, but this stuff can happen just as fast in mixed martial arts as any other sport, because we’re constantly beating on each other. I love myself, you know what I’m saying? A lot of guys don’t think about that.”
Johnson went on to call himself a great athlete rather than “a fighter”, and does not seem like he will have any second thoughts about a return to the cage.
“I left on my own terms,” Johnson said. “I left on good terms and I left as one of the best fighters ever in the weight class. I did my job.”