American light-weight fighter Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has died at age 38 of an undisclosed sickness, in keeping with Bellator MMA.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that we acknowledge the passing of Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, the Bellator MMA introduced in social media on Sunday.
“The BELLATOR household is devastated by his premature demise and we ship our condolences to his household and buddies throughout this troublesome time.”
Johnson joined the UFC in 2007 and was ranked the primary gentle heavyweight challenger in 2014 earlier than retiring in 2017.
After 4 years away from MMA, Johnson got here out of retirement and joined Bellator MMA in 2021.
In his closing struggle, Johnson defeated José Augusto by KO to enhance to 23-6 in his profession.
Daniel Cormier, a two-time Olympian and MMA fighter, paid tribute to Johnson.
“For a man who put concern within the hearts of so many individuals, Anthony Johnson was a caring particular person. From random textual content to check-ins throughout loss. What an individual he was, Rumble might be missed. Typically life does not appear truthful. Horrible information,” added Cormier.