MMA fighter Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson died: Anthony Johnson, a former fighter for the UFC and Bellator, is best known by his stage name Rumble, which he earned for his one-punch finishing ability dies at the age of 38, leaving the boxing community in profound sadness.
What Happened to Rumble?
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, a former MMA fighter, passed away on Sunday after a yearlong illness, a Bellator representative informed the Associated Press. He was 38.
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Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson’s Cause of Death
The reason for death was organ failure brought on by non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare immune system illness.
Johnson had a four-year break from competing after his UFC career before making a comeback with Bellator. At Bellator 258 in May 2021, he defeated Jose Augusto Azevedo Barros in his lone contest for the promotion.
At the time, he posted on Instagram, “Really wish I could go into depth about how ill I genuinely am. “Just know that I could use your prayers, and if God wills, I’ll see you in 2022. Never in my life have I felt this fear, but with the help of friends and family, I have managed to persevere.”
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Johnson’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, stated in late October that his health had deteriorated. He informed ESPN that Rumble was now having health issues. “very sad I ask that everyone pray for him. Pray for Anthony, who is struggling. Although spiritually strong, please pray for him.”
Anthony Johnson Illness
After being ejected from Bellator 268 due to a serious illness, Anthony Johnson provides a health update. Anthony Johnson, a seasoned MMA fighter who was forced to withdraw from tonight’s Bellator 268 competition due to a serious illness, has provided an update on his health.
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Rumble announced on social media four weeks ago that he had to drop out of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix due to personal reasons.
Anthony Johnson was slated to face reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov in tonight’s tournament semifinals before a serious illness derailed his title ambitions.
Kamaru Usman’s statement on Jhonson’s illness
One of Johnson’s closest friends was Kamaru Usman, a former welterweight champion of the UFC. Johnson was a reclusive man who tried to keep his condition a secret.
Usman stated the current UFC lightweight Michael Johnson, himself, Rashad Evans from the UFC Hall of Fame, and Johnson as “the magnificent four.”
Usman claimed on Sunday that some weeks ago, during a conversation with one of his coaches, he voiced worry that he would receive a call with unfavorable news.
Usman described him as like a turtle “Most of the time, he would remain in that shell, but occasionally, he would break out, reveal his true self, and interact with you. He would poke his head out, introduce himself, and then walk back inside.”
He claimed that Johnson visited his house a few months prior and that they had a pleasant talk, but even then, he was still missing some elements.
Usman remarked, “You know, that was kind of like [the late actor] Chadwick Boseman.” “Chadwick kept his problem a secret, so when he passed away in 2020, we were all astonished and taken aback. Rumble would tell you these casual tales while undergoing renal dialysis, but he never actually explained everything to you.
He didn’t want to experience unequal treatment. He didn’t want others to treat him differently as a result of what was happening when they saw him losing all this weight and going through these circumstances. He had such amazing athletic ability.
“He was able to transfer his heavyweight strength and welterweight footwork throughout his career. He didn’t really need to work because he was naturally gifted and remarkable. Although he believed he was working hard, there were levels he didn’t reach or perhaps didn’t want to reach.
He came naturally. I was very impressed by that. He made it seem simple. He would strike a man, and the man would immediately fall to the ground. I mean, I worked so hard and invested so much time, and then I’d come to my senses and slam into this person while he was still standing there. Rumble’s level of ability was higher than ours.”