Anthony "Rumble" Johnson fought at 170, 185, 205, heavyweight, 205, and then retired 2.5 years ago, and got HUGE. Now he tells Simon Head and George Garcia he's down to 230-235, wants to fight at light heavyweight or heavyweight, and identified the fight that changed his mind about retirement.
“DC and Stipe 2,” said Johnson. “I was actually watching them fight, saw them fight, and that was actually probably the third or fourth fight I’d watched since I retired. When I said I was done with MMA I was really done with MMA. At least, mentally I felt like I was done. I saw them fight, saw them go at it. They were the two best guys at that time. They displayed so much skill and talent.
"Everybody else probably saw a normal fight where they weren’t doing that much, but I saw skill, talent, the timing, the setups. Everything was at such a high level. It just made me say, ‘You know what, I can still do that, so I’m going to go out there and give it a shot.'”
“I want to beat whoever has the belt, most likely Jon will have the belt. I should be fighting by the end of the year.”