Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Dead At 38 From Undisclosed Illness

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Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has passed away at 38-years-old.

Multiple reports and fighters on social media were the ones to break the news.



Johnson fought for the UFC in both the welterweight and light heavyweight divisions, but made his name at 205-pounds with devastating knockout power. He twice challenged for the title, but fell short.

After taking a couple of years away from the spot he returned to MMA in 2021 and defeated Jose Augusto via 2nd round KO at Bellator 258. He was supposed to take part in Bellator’s light heavyweight grand prix beginning with the champion Vadim Nemkov, but withdrew due to undisclosed illness.

Following the withdrawal Johnson posted a message on social media that gave very little detail, but the message came across that he was facing a scary battle with an illness.

“Really wish I could go into detail about how ill I truly am. Just know I need as many prayers as I can get and I’ll see you in 2022 God willing….

Never been this afraid of anything in my life but I’ve remained strong with the support of friends and family.”


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Fighters, both friends and opponents, have gone to social media to send condolences and speak out on the tragic news.



No official cause of death has been reported as of this post.

Johnson finished his MMA career with a record of 23-6.