Anthony Kewoa Johnson is an American mixed martial artist who has currently signed a deal with Bellator MMA on 9th December 2020. Johnson is well-known for his knockout power and intimidating presence while competing.
In 2017, Johnson abruptly retired from the sport after his loss to Daniel Cormier. After three years of staying away from the sport, Johnson is setting to make a reappearance on the octagon.
Anthony Johnson Net Worth is $4 Million
According to CelebrityNetWorth, Johnson has a net worth of $4 Million mostly earned after competing in welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions.
Johnson began his boxing career with Ultimate Fighting Championship knocking out his opponent, Chad Reiner within thirteen seconds of the first round. After a knee injury in 2010, Johnson had to pull out of a game. Due to the injury, he wished to move to the middleweight division at UFC. Determined to not stay at the middleweight division, he returned to the Octagon in 2011, playing against Dan Hardy.
Anthony Johnson’s Back and Forth Deal with UFC
Johnson was released from UFC and was signed with Titan Fighting Championships. He won the match against David Branch but failed to make the required weight of 186lb. He made his debut fight in the light heavyweight division with Titan Fighting Championships 24 and won the match against Esteves Jones.
Johnson made his return to UFC in 2014 for a four-fight deal. Later that year, UFC announced that they would be indefinitely suspending Johnson after domestic abuse claims were made against him on the mother of his two children. UFC stated,
“We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether the further course of action is necessary.”
After the dismissal of the case, UFC lifted the suspension, giving him clearance to fight.
Anthony Johnson’s Return to the Sport
After his fight against Daniel Cormier in April 2017, Johnson announced his immediate retirement from UFC and the sport. In 2019, Johnson announced that he would be returning to the sport and would continue playing for UFC. During a BKFC Press Conference, he explained his return to UFC stating,
“Honestly, I missed the sport. I missed competing.”
Brett Okamoto of ESPN also reported in August this year,
“Anthony Johnson will re-enter the UFC’s mandatory drug-testing program this week in anticipation of a comeback, per his manager Ali Abdelaziz.”
However, on 9th December 2020, CBS Sports reported that Johnson had left UFC and had signed a deal with Bellator MMA. His exit from UFC comes at a time when the promotion had announced its release of fighters such as Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, and Corey Anderson in 2020.