Former UFC title challenger Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has passed away at the tender age of 38.
It was late last month that MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz asked everyone to say a prayer for Johnson during an interview with ESPN.
“Rumble, he’s going through some health problems right now. It’s very sad,” Abdelaziz said. “I think, I want everybody to pray for him. Pray for Anthony. It’s not going well. He’s very strong, spiritually. But pray for him.
“I want to give a shoutout to Bellator, Scott Coker. They’ve been supporting him. You could not imagine how much support they’re giving them,” Abdelaziz added. “Anthony, be strong. A lot of people love you. He’s going to be okay, but he’s not doing well.”
Tragically, things never got better for Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson and BJPENN.com confirmed that the legendary knockout artist passed away early this morning.
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) November 13, 2022
Details surrounding Johnson’s exact cause of death have not been made available at this time.
Many fighters have already taken to social media to share their condolences to the Rumble family.
Utterly shocked and saddened by this. RIP. Sincere condolences to all his family and loved ones. https://t.co/y9PGfRa9JI
— michael (@bisping) November 13, 2022
RIP LEGEND pic.twitter.com/2zFnRZMewS
— Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) November 13, 2022
🙏 It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
The BELLATOR family is devastated by his untimely passing and we send our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/TqZzN1wquY
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) November 13, 2022
Rest Easy my brother. For a guy who struck fear in so many peoples heart Anthony Johnson was a caring person. From random text to check ins during loss. What a person he was, Rumble will be missed. Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair. Horrible news #RIP #Rumblesquad @Anthony_Rumble pic.twitter.com/HH2SO1dPj7
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) November 13, 2022
I am so sad to hear about this news. One of the most scary & tough opponents that I had ever faced and one of the nicest and most humble humans I have ever met. My heart is broken. My condolences to his family. RIP #rumblesquad pic.twitter.com/J527ToOtOO
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) November 13, 2022
Rest in Peace Anthony Johnson
Descanse em paz Anthony Johnson
— Charles 'DoBronxs' Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) November 13, 2022
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson will be remembered as one of the greatest knockout artists in mixed martial arts history. During his legendary career, ‘AJ’ scored knockout wins over Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa, Little Nog, and Alexander Gustafsson – just to name a few.
The Georgia native challenged for the UFC light heavyweight title on two occasions, losing both contests to Daniel Cormier by way of submission.
Anthony Johnson had most recently competed at Bellator 258 in May of 2021, earning a knockout win over José Augusto Azevedo Barros.
Rest in peace Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, you will be greatly missed.