Anthony “Rumble” Johnson Tells A Story Of Gym Accidents And A Fighter’s Newfound ‘Exposure’
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will soon be back in the Octagon, and is set to face Phil Davis at UFC 172 in April.
And while most stories featuring “Rumble” are focusing on his fighting career, his future plans in the UFC, or what he’s been able to accomplish so far in his pilgrimage towards championship gold, Steph Daniels of BloodyElbow.com has an entirely new angle to cover. Or I guess I should say, uncover.
… that’s a pun, people.
From the lips of Anthony Johnson, I give you one of the most critical MMA stories of our time; a coming of age tale; an enchanting story of anuses and testicles. (Yeah, it’s not exactly “breaking news”. But these are the stories – the ones about day-to-day life – that give us a peek into the personal lives of the fighters we cheer and jeer. Don’t be so cynical, and enjoy it.)
Recently, me, Tyrone (Spong) and Henri (Hooft) were at the gym on a Monday, and everybody was sparring hard. Rashad (Evans) had this friend, his name was Kevin or something like that, and he was there at the gym to get some training in.
We saw this guy, built kind of like a wrestler, and when you see him, he don’t really look like he knows what he’s doing, because he is so green. He knew a little bit, but not enough to be in there with us.
We’re wrestling, kickboxing…just everything MMA. This dude ended up taking down one of our guys, and he has on his tights, his vale tudo shorts. He bent over, and he had the guys back, and his shorts ripped.
Henri started laughing and pointed at this dude. He was really laughing hard by this point. Me and Tyrone look at this dude, and his asshole and nuts were hanging out. He didn’t have on any drawers, nothing.
Me and Tyrone were like, ‘I’m done with training. I’m leaving.’ [laughs] We couldn’t move, we were laughing so hard. We were on the ground, holding our stomachs. This happened like three weeks ago, and we still laugh about it.
We didn’t say a word to the guy. We went ahead and let him finish the round, a full 5 minutes with his asshole and his nuts sticking out. After training, he came up and was like, ‘Oh ya’ll just gonna let me sit there with my ass and nuts hanging out?’ I looked at him and I said, ‘It’s not my place to tell you.’ [laughs] ‘I’m a grown ass man. I’m just gonna turn around and walk away like I didn’t see anything.’
That dude, he made sure he wore some regular shorts and some underwear after that [laughs]. How the Hell do you come to practice with no drawers on? You can never take that chance. If you’re on the mat and somebody grabs onto your tights, and they come down, all you got is ass and nuts and everything else hanging out, and we don’t want to see that [laughs].
- Courtesy of Steph Daniels