Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is gone but he’ll never be forgotten.
On Saturday, UFC Vegas 65 aired a special tribute video to two-time heavyweight champion. This was after the tragic death of the UFC’s light-heavyweight challenger at the age 38 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Watch the tribute above.
“It is just a great loss for the MMA community,” Michael Bisping, UFC Hall of Famer said on the broadcast. “The outpour of love that we’ve seen since his passing has just been incredible. He would have loved to be able to witness the love and support that people showed him.
” He was one of our most thrilling guys in the octagon. Always in exciting fights. His power was incredible. The thrill he brought to the Octagon will be cherished forever
Johnson was widely regarded as one of the hardest punchers to ever compete in the UFC. He racked up a total of 11 knockouts during his career with the promotion including notable wins over Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa and Alexander Gustafsson.
His last UFC appearance came in 2017 when he lost in a title fight against Daniel Cormier. Johnson announced his retirement from the sport afterwards.
He made his return four years later after inking a contract with Bellator MMA where he picked up a knockout win over Jose Augusto in May 2021.