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285-Pound Johnson Wants To ‘Rumble’ With Jones

Despite his sudden and somewhat surprising retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA), it appears fight fans have not seen the last of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title contender, Anthony Johnson.

Well, so long as Jon Jones is around.

That’s according to manager Ali Abdelaziz, who is convinced “Rumble” and his newfound affinity for bodybuilding will make his Octagon comeback in a heavyweight showdown opposite Jones at some point in 2019 (or beyond).

“Anthony Johnson is 285 pounds right now, he wants to come back as a heavyweight,” Abdelaziz told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “He misses the sport and says he will come back to fight someone like Jon Jones. He’s resting his body. He’s having fun. He will fight again for sure, 100 percent.”

The last time Johnson (22-6) was inside the cage, he was surrendering to reigning light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, at UFC 210. “DC” has been the only fighter to stop “Rumble” at 205 pounds after watching him decapitate the rest of the field.

Including two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson.

Based on his big balls current physique, it’s hard to imagine Johnson as a welterweight, a place he frequently competed earlier in his career. A hasty move up to middleweight yielded little fruit, so the former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) slugger kept heading north.

Next stop, 265 pounds? Prob require yet another massive weight cut!

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Anthony Johnson Interested In Returning to UFC at Heavyweight, Fighting Jon Jones

Fans were left stunned and disappointed last April when former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson announced his retirement from the sport after a second loss to 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier.
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Anthony Johnson Interested In Returning to UFC at Heavyweight, Fighting Jon Jones

Fans were left stunned and disappointed last April when former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson announced his retirement from the sport after a second loss to 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier.
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Dana White Believes Demetrious Johnson Didn’t Get “The Love And The Respect” he Deserved From Fans…

Many folks have argued that Demetrious Johnson never received the fanfare he should have, during his historic run with the UFC, and Dana White has echoed that sentiment.

As you’ve almost certainly heard by now, recently it was confirmed that Johnson’s headed to ONE Championship, in exchange for undefeated welterweight, Ben Askren. The move comes not long after Johnson’s historic reign as flyweight champ was ended by Henry Cejudo, this past August.

Well, recently TMZ caught up with White, and when asked about Johnson’s departure, the UFC President said this (quote via MMA Fighting):

“If you look at it, the kid broke the record for the most title defenses (11),” White said. “I feel like he never really got the love and the respect that he deserved from the fans. I don’t know if he was always thrilled being here. So hopefully he’s a lot happier where he’s headed now. His longtime trainer and coach [Matt Hume] is an executive over there, so maybe he’ll be happier over there.”

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Demetrious Johnson Excited for Next Phase of Career as ‘True Martial Artist’ in One

Demetrious Johnson has always fancied himself as a true martial artist.
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Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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UFC Fight Night 138 Weigh-in Results: Michael Johnson Misses Weight

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make its debut in New Brunswick, Canada, on Saturday night, featuring a main event tilt between two light heavyweight contenders.
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Report: UFC & ONE Championship Discussing Demetrious Johnson For Ben Askren Trade…

Just when you thought this month couldn’t get any more interesting, in terms of MMA news, it’s being reported that the UFC and ONE Championship are working on a Demetrious Johnson – Ben Askren trade…

Yes, following an initial discussion about the swap on MMA Junkie Radio, ESPN  is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed that the trade is close to being finalized. Johnson would be released from the UFC, so he can sign with ONE, and Askren would do the opposite.

Askren has repeatedly talked about his wish to fight the UFC’s top stars, like Georges St-Pierre, and Johnson’s longtime coach, Matt Hume, is ONE’s vice president of operations. Johnson’s teammate, and jiu-jitsu instructor, Bibiano Fernandes, is also ONE’s bantamweight champ.

Obviously this would be an historic event, if it indeed, transpires.

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The UFC Might Be Trading Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren

Former flyweight king Demetrious Johnson’s tenure in the UFC might soon be over.

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, there is a very high likelihood that “Mighty Mouse” is going to be traded to ONE Championship in exchange for Ben Askren. Which… traded? That’s actually never really been done before at this level.

If you’ll recall, Askren was one of Bellator’s first champs, is undefeated in 19 career fights, and has been spending the last few years clobbering everyone put before him the Asian-based promotion. He’s also been very outspoken about how he could never come to terms with the UFC.

Johnson ruled the flyweight roost for years, but he was never able to spark fan interest, so the division has stagnated. Unfortunately, even though Henry Cejudo is now the champ, it’s possible the UFC will scrap the division when Johnson leaves. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Here’s the ESPN scoop:

The UFC and ONE Championship are close to finalizing what could be considered the first major trade in mixed martial arts history.

According to multiple sources, there is a proposed deal on the table for the UFC to release former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson from his contract in order to allow him to sign with ONE. In return, ONE will release former welterweight champion Ben Askren from his contract so he can finally join the UFC.

Sources say the “trade” isn’t finalized just yet, however, it has been discussed at length and is categorized by multiple sources as close to getting done. All parties involved are hopeful it will be finalized soon.

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