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Ex-UFC Anthony Johnson dies at 38 after battle with illness

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Anthony Johnson, who performed within the UFC and fought a number of occasions for the sunshine heavyweight title, died after battling an sickness. He was 38 years outdated.

Bellator MMA, considered one of Johnson’s promotions, introduced the loss of life of the previous fighter on social media this Sunday. A Bellator spokesperson stated Johnson had been sick for over a 12 months.

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Anthony Johnson pronounces his retirement following his loss to Daniel Cormier within the UFC mild heavyweight title battle in the course of the UFC 210 occasion on the KeyBank Heart on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.
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“The BELLATOR household is devastated by his premature loss of life and we ship our condolences to his household and associates throughout this tough time,” the corporate stated.

Johnson posted a troubling message in September 2021 that he wanted “as many prayers as I might get” and was in a battle that was unrelated to COVID-19. Johnson then posted in Could that he had acquired data from a physician that he had made “main enhancements”.

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Anthony Johnson speaks with Joe Rogan after being defeated by Daniel Cormier in the fight for the UFC light heavyweight belt during the UFC 210 event at the KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.

Anthony Johnson speaks with Joe Rogan after being defeated by Daniel Cormier within the battle for the UFC mild heavyweight belt in the course of the UFC 210 occasion on the KeyBank Heart on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.
(Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC through Getty Photographs)

In October, Johnson’s supervisor instructed ESPN that “Rumble” was “going via some well being points proper now … he isn’t doing nicely.”

His loss of life reverberated all through the MMA group on social media.

Johnson had 11 knockouts throughout his decade within the UFC. He fought from 2007 to 2017 and misplaced twice to Daniel Cormier in mild heavyweight title fights. He competed in three weight courses throughout his time within the UFC and have become one of the crucial highly effective fighters the corporate has ever seen.

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Anthony Johnson waits backstage during the UFC 210 weigh-in at the KeyBank Center on April 7, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.

Anthony Johnson waits backstage in the course of the UFC 210 weigh-in on the KeyBank Heart on April 7, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.
(Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC through Getty Photographs)

He retired from the UFC in 2017 and was competing at Bellator in 2021 earlier than his well being points worsened.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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