Former UFC title contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson signs with Bellator

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Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is gone to Bellator.

In an unforeseen move, the previous double cross UFC title competitor has endorsed with Bellator, his chief and Bellator authorities said Wednesday. Johnson has not battled in over three years.

Johnson commonly headed out in different directions with the UFC in November, as indicated by his administrator, Ali Abdelaziz. Johnson declared recently that he anticipated emerging from retirement to continue his battling profession, however the underlying idea was he would re-visitation of the UFC.

“Truly, I missed the game,” Johnson said at a news gathering over the mid year. “I missed contending.”

Johnson, 36, is scheduled to contend in Bellator’s light heavyweight division. While his introduction battle isn’t set at this point, he is required to battle in the primary portion of 2021, sources said.

“Anthony has endorsed with Bellator MMA and fans can hope to see him in late March or April,” Abdelaziz said. “He will battle at heavyweight and light heavyweight. Anthony and I might want to express gratitude toward Dana White, Hunter Campbell and the UFC for the open doors he was allowed throughout the long term, and he’s amped up for this new part with Bellator.”

“Thunder” hasn’t contended since his April 2017 misfortune to then-UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Johnson resigned following the thrashing.

This denotes his second takeoff from the UFC. He was delivered in 2012 subsequent to missing load by 11 pounds preceding a middleweight battle against Vitor Belfort, which he at last lost.

In the wake of going 6-0 external the organization, he returned in 2014 as a light heavyweight. He won three battles straight prior to losing to Cormier without precedent for an empty 205-pound title battle in 2015. He would proceed to win three more straight prior to losing to Cormier again in 2017.

Johnson, a fan most loved who is viewed as one of the hardest-hitting contenders on the planet, begun his profession as a welterweight and has battled as high as heavyweight. He made his UFC debut in 2007.

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