Anthony Johnson, who starred in UFC and challenged for the sunshine heavyweight title a number of instances, has died after battling an sickness. He was 38.
Bellator MMA, one of many promotions Johnson was in, introduced the previous fighter’s dying on social media on Sunday. A Bellator spokesman mentioned Johnson had been sick for greater than a 12 months.
“The BELLATOR household is devastated by his premature passing and we ship our condolences to his household and pals throughout this troublesome time,” the corporate mentioned.
Johnson posted a worrying message in September 2021 that he wanted “as many prayers as I can get” and was in a battle that wasn’t COVID-19 associated. Johnson then posted in Could that he obtained info from a physician that he had made “huge enhancements.”
In October, Johnson’s supervisor informed ESPN that “Rumble” was “going via some well being issues proper now … he’s not doing effectively.”
His dying reverberated throughout the MMA group on social media.
Johnson had 11 knockouts throughout his decade in UFC. He fought from 2007 to 2017 and misplaced twice to Daniel Cormier in gentle heavyweight title bouts. He competed in three weight courses throughout his time at UFC and have become some of the highly effective punchers the corporate had ever seen.
He retired from UFC in 2017 and was competing in Bellator in 2021 earlier than his well being issues worsened.
The Related Press contributed to this report.