Which Former UFC Star Is Looking To Fight Again?
With Jon Jones potentially moving to heavyweight, the UFC’s light heavyweight scene just got extremely interesting. One former UFC Light Heavyweight Title contender may be looking to come back to the promotion for the first time since 2017.
ESPN was the first to report that Anthony Johnson has re-entered the USADA testing pool. He will be looking to fight for the UFC again and remain in the light heavyweight division. If he wants to compete, Johnson will have to be available for six months for testing purposes.
Johnson (22-6) made his professional debut in 2006. Signing with the UFC in 2007, Johnson was 19-6 for the promotion, including an impressive nine-fight win streak. He fought Daniel Cormier twice for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title; losing to him twice via submission at UFC 187 and UFC 210. The fight at UFC 210 was his last bout.
Throughout his run, “Rumble” has been involved with several domestic violence cases that resulted in suspensions by the UFC. His most recent case was in 2019. It was rumored that Johnson could end up competing in the heavyweight division. He stated he would only do so if the price was right. Now, it appears he is staying where he is.
Johnson potentially returning comes at a time when Cormier just retired following UFC 252 and when Jones just relinquished his UFC Light Heavyweight Title. A potential opponent for his return, if it were to happen, has not been announced yet.