In a recent interview with ESPN-MMA‘s Brett Okamoto, Anthony Johnson’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, shared that the fighter was going through serious health issues.
The CEO of Dominance MMA Management asked everyone to pray for Johnson’s recovery:
“‘Rumble’ is having health issues at the moment. It’s very sad…I want everyone to pray for him…He’s not well, he’s very strong spiritually but please pray for him.. .Anthony, be strong, a lot of people love you and he’ll be fine, but he’s not fine [at the moment].”
Watch Ali Abdelaziz talk about Johnson’s condition below:
“Rumble” was scheduled to face Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 268 in October 2021, but the fighter pulled out of the fight due to an unspecified illness. In an Instagram post last year, the former UFC light heavyweight title challenger asked fans to pray for his recovery:
“I really wish I could explain in detail how sick I really am. Just know that I need as many prayers as possible and I’ll see you in 2022 God willing…I’ve never had also afraid of anything in my life, but I stayed strong with the support of my friends and family.
Johnson holds an enviable professional record of 23 wins against six losses. He is a two-time challenger for the UFC light heavyweight title. The 38-year-old holds a UFC record of 13 wins and six losses.
Some of Anthony Johnson’s best UFC wins
It’s fair to say that Anthony Johnson has had a good run with the UFC. During his two tenures with the promotion, ‘Rumble’ has recorded wins against some of MMA’s top fighters.
At UFC 202 in 2016, the American earned a win by knockout on the former light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira only 13 seconds into the fight. A vicious right uppercut followed by some hammer fists sealed the deal for ‘Rumble’.
The 38-year-old also holds a win against Alexander Gustafsson, who even gave GOAT Jon Jones a light heavyweight run for his money. Johnson picked up a first-round TKO victory over the Swede at UFC on Fox 14.
Watch Anthony Johnson vs. Alexander Gustafsson below:
At UFC on Fox 18, “Rumble” won in spectacular fashion by knocking out The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Ryan Bader in the very first round.
He also beat Pride legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by knockout in just 44 seconds at UFC on Fox 12.