Details of former UFC fighter Anthony Johnson’s death revealed: report


Former UFC star Anthony Johnson reportedly died of organ failure on account of a bout with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. He was 38 years previous.

Johnson’s dying was introduced on Sunday in a press release from Bellator MMA, the final promotion the previous gentle heavyweight title contender competed for. Yahoo Sports activities reported the reason for dying.

The younger combined martial artist had been ailing for over a 12 months, a Bellator spokesperson informed The Related Press. However he wasn’t recognized for speaking about what plagued him.


Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson (left) of the USA fights Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson of Sweden of their UFC gentle heavyweight combined martial arts bout at Tele2 Enviornment in Stockholm on January 24, 2015.
(REUTERS/Jessica Gow/TT Information Company)

Kamaru Usman informed Yahoo Sports activities that he spoke with Johnson a couple of months in the past however had no particulars on what was happening with him.

“You recognize, it was a bit like Chadwick Boseman,” Usman stated. “Chadwick stored his challenge personal and we have been all so shocked and shocked. [when he died in 2020]🇧🇷 Rumble would offer you these half-hearted tales, and he was on kidney dialysis, however he by no means actually informed you what was happening. He did not need to be handled in a different way. He did not need folks to see him shedding a lot weight and going by way of these conditions and deal with him in a different way due to what was happening. He was an unbelievable athlete.

“He had the toes of a welterweight and the energy of a heavyweight, and he was in a position to switch that all through his profession. He was actually particular and gifted, and he actually did not must attempt too arduous. working arduous, however there have been ranges he would not, possibly did not need to go to. He was a pure. I admired that loads. He made it look straightforward. He’d hit a man and the man would simply disintegrate. I imply, I labored so arduous and I put in that point, and I ended up hitting this man with all the pieces, and he can be there. Rumble was a unique caliber than the remainder of us.


Johnson posted a sobering message in September 2021 that he wanted “as a lot prayers as doable” and was in a battle that was unrelated to COVID-19. Johnson then posted in Could that he had obtained phrase from a physician that he had made “large enhancements”.

Anthony Johnson enters the arena prior to his light heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier at the KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.

Anthony Johnson enters the world previous to his gentle heavyweight title struggle in opposition to Daniel Cormier on the KeyBank Middle on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.
(Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC through Getty Photos)

In October, Johnson’s supervisor informed ESPN that “Rumble” was “going by way of some well being points proper now… He is not doing properly.”

Daniel Cormier, with whom Johnson had an important rivalry, was amongst those that paid tribute to “Rumble”.

“Relaxation my brother. For a man who struck worry within the hearts of so many individuals, Anthony Johnson was a caring individual,” tweeted Cormier. “From random textual content messages to check-ins whereas shedding. What an individual he was, Rumble might be missed. Generally life does not appear truthful. Horrible information.”

Johnson had 11 knockouts throughout his decade within the UFC. He fought from 2007 to 2017 and misplaced twice to Cormier in gentle heavyweight title fights. He competed in three weight courses throughout his time within the UFC and has develop into some of the highly effective punchers the corporate has ever seen.

Anthony Johnson announces his retirement following his loss to Daniel Cormier in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship match during the UFC 210 event at the KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.

Anthony Johnson declares his retirement following his loss to Daniel Cormier of their UFC Gentle Heavyweight Championship match throughout the UFC 210 occasion on the KeyBank Middle on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.
(Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC through Getty Photos)


He retired from the UFC in 2017 and was competing in Bellator in 2021 earlier than his well being points took a flip for the more serious.

The Related Press contributed to this report.