ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

proved to be an odd night all around. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson lost in his UFC light heavyweight title rematch against and immediately retired in the Octagon following the loss.

"This was my last fight, I didn't even tell Dana White," said Johnson. "I didn't tell anybody. My coaches knew, my friends knew, my family knew. I didn't want any distraction."

When asked by Joe Rogan why he decided to retire, Rumble had a coded message about his shocking choice.

"I gave my commitment to another job, something that I've been wanting to do for awhile. It's not MMA related or anything like that. It's just time for me to go on to something else. I'm tired of getting punched by guys and rolling around on the ground with guys. Ain't nothing fun about that (yo), I enjoyed this (yo)."

Johnson explained that he had commuted to a new opportunity prior to the UFC 210 main event and it's hard to look at his performance as halfhearted. Johnson wasn't the man who knocked out most of the best light heavyweights in the world. Instead, he was a man trying to grapple early and often, which isn't his strength.

Cormier seemed to know of Johnson's choice to retire, as he let him have the mic and the platform first.

All in all, the fight played out similar to their first battle and it sets up the long-awaited Cormier vs. Jones rematch in the near future, but it's hard to look at Rumble's retirement as anything less than disappointing.

The fighter many considered the best power puncher in MMA, Johnson seemed to have bigger and better fights in his future, presumably one with with Jon Jones, that will never come to fruition.


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