Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson announces retirement after UFC 210 loss

Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson announces retirement after UFC 210 loss

Following his loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 on Saturday, Johnson announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

The New York State Athletic Commission considered the weight valid, though apparently during the early weigh-in format the UFC introduced previous year, fighters are not usually given a second chance at the weigh-in. If I don't like it I can come back and still fight. I've been here. Jon Jones is the one who hasn't been here.

The fight started out with Cormier and Johnson spending a lot of time up against the cage, which was clearly to Cormier's advantage. With about 90 seconds left in the round, Johnson connected on a left high kick which wobbled Cormier and appeared to break the champion's nose. The two went head to head and it eventually ended with a submission by Cormier.

Jones didn't hold anything back when asked about the weigh-in situation at a press conference Friday night, saying it was one of the dirtiest things he's seen in sports. He's like, 'man, I was in the same situation as you, ' so obviously we both had some issues with our scales, or the commission had a scale issue.

Cormier on if he was surprised Johnson tried to wrestle with him: "It did surprise me, but then I said ok, I hung on him and I knew I'd get him".

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Justin Grimm (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth inning, and Carl Edwards and Hector Rondon followed with one shutout inning apiece. As they get more successful innings - which they shall - their confidence will come on because they're really good".

Since then, to earn his way back into the UFC light-heavyweight title picture, Johnson has won three straight fights, all by knockout. "Why would I go into another sport that is the same thing as this and you take all this impact and stuff?" "So no, I just wanted to make sure I didn't show my junk".

"I'd put just about everybody ahead [of Jones] and make them the main event".

"As much as I'd love to fight Jon, I'd prefer a title fight with the victor of Cormier vs. "Rumble".

"At this point anymore it doesn't (matter)", Cormier said.

The Cormier win and resulting drama potentially sets up a meeting with Manuwa and Jones when the ex-champ is free of suspension. "He's the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time and the chance to fight him would be something that would be impossible to turn down". I've got to be completely honest with you, I didn't even realize I was doing that.

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