Anthony Johnson reveals next step in his career
Until very recently Anthony Johnson was one of the best fighters in the world. Definitely one of the toughest and most dangerous. But after losing to Daniel Cornier, Johnson shocked the world and retired.
This weekend he finally revealed the reason he left MMA.
“We’re opening up a facility, if you know what I mean,” Johnson told former WWE star Booker T on his “Heated Conversations” show. “It’s for medical uses. … We got some good things going on. It’s already big. We’re just waiting for that law to pass and whenever it passes, we’re golden. We’re playing our cards right, we’re playing by the book, so that way there’s no issue.”
“Rumble” said his future well-being was the key factor in wanting to step away from the sport.
“My health, man,” Johnson said. “You hear about CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and all this other stuff. Head injuries. You’re harming your body playing football and stuff like that, but this stuff can happen just as fast in mixed martial arts as any other sport, because we’re constantly beating on each other. I love myself, you know what I’m saying? A lot of guys don’t think about that.”
“If those guys want to go in there and do that to themselves, go ahead, that’s your life, that’s your body, that’s your future,” he said. “But for me, I’m destined to do something greater. I just couldn’t do it anymore. You gotta go in there and do your thing. You’ve gotta make your money and get out. That’s why Conor McGregor is killing it. He’s straight killing it.”
“I left on my own terms,” Johnson said. “I left on good terms and I left as one of the best fighters ever in the weight class. I did my job.”
Johnson left the door open after UFC 210 for a return to the cage in the future, saying maybe he’d come back to face Jon Jones at heavyweight, but now it seems he changed his mind.
“That’s not me,” Johnson said. “When I say I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it. I’m finished, man. … I’m not about that life anymore.”