Among the most dreamed comebacks in recent years, Anthony Johnson's was at the top of the list. His decision to retire only 33 years after lost for the second time against Daniel Cormier seemed to have been taken on a whim.
Admittedly, the choice was comprehensive. He had just failed for the second time to access the belt of light heavyweight face the same opponent, losing again by submission while he had the means to do better. But he remained in 2017 one of the most scary fighters on the planet, able to develop a power of hit rarely seen as he proved against Glover Teixeira.
A busy retirement
Finally, Rumble remained far from the octagon more than two years and did not get bored in the least. He first developed a new passion for the powerlifting and cast in general, gaining mass impressively.
Johnson has also started a marijuana grow business for medicinal purposes, while becoming an ambassador for the new barefoot boxing organization, Bare Knuckle FC. These different activities did not prevent him from regularly evoking a potential comeback in the octagon, especially motivated by the idea of facing Jon Jones in heavyweight.
Finally a date and details
It's finally his manager Ali Abdelaziz, also in charge of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo, who revealed that the return of Rumble was on a very good track. He told ESPN journalist Brett Okamoto that he was targeting a comeback in March 2020.
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As expected in view of his new size, Anthony Johnson will return in the heavyweight category. Like every athlete who comes out of retirement, Rumble will have to bow to reintegration protocol put in place by USADA (the US Anti-Doping Agency) which lasts 6 months.
For this comeback in 2020, Johnson has two priority targets: Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos. He wants to face a well referenced name to the general public while not challenging the top 3 or 4 of the category right now to catch the rhythm of the octagon. There is no doubt that he will be able to speak his power in the heavy, he had already tried the successful experiment against Andrei Arlovski at the WSOF in 2013, and he beat by KO the current champion heavyweight Bellator Ryan Bader in 2016.