Anthony Johnson (fighter)

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Anthony Johnson
Born (1984-03-06) March 6, 1984 (age 30)
Dublin, Georgia
Other names Rumble
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida
Team Blackzillians
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 18
By knockout 12
By submission 0
By decision 6
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 0

Anthony Kewoa Johnson[1] (born March 6, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is currently the #3 ranked light heavyweight in the official UFC rankings.[2] He is ranked #5 in the world by Sherdog, and #3 by ESPN. He appeared in the movie Warrior as a fighter named Orlando "Midnight" Lee.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

He made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 10, knocking out Chad Reiner just thirteen seconds into the first round. He had taken the fight on less than a weeks notice replacing an injured Steve Bruno who tore his rotator cuff. He was also seen in a previous video for The Ultimate Fighter trying out for season six, however for undisclosed reasons he was not on the show.

In his next bout, he was submitted by Rich Clementi. The fight saw Clementi execute a flawless gameplan of taunting Johnson, only to secure back mount and choke Johnson out. Regardless, Johnson regards this as a win. He bounced back with an impressive victory over Tom Speer.[3]

Anthony's fight against Kevin Burns aired live on Spike TV on July 19, 2008, ended in a loss due to eye pokes, at 3:35 of the third round. Johnson could not continue after being poked in the eye multiple times. Many believe that Johnson should have won the fight via disqualification.[4] earlier in the bout[4] and possibly fouled in this fashion three other times.[5] Johnson lost his appeal due to lack of remedy.[4][6]

Johnson fought Kevin Burns again in a rematch on The Ultimate Fighter 8 finale.[7] This time the outcome was different with Johnson winning the match by knocking Burns out via headkick.[8] The knockout was awarded "Knockout of The Night" and a $25,000 bonus.[9]

Johnson was scheduled to fight Matt Brown at the TUF 9 Finale, but had to pull out after suffering a knee injury. Johnson instead fought Japanese Judoka Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104. Johnson weighed in at 176 pounds, five pounds over the welterweight non-title bout limit of 171, and was forced to forfeit 20% of his fight purse. Johnson knocked out the much smaller Yoshida 41 seconds in to the first round, but was not eligible for the Knockout of the Night bonus due to missing weight.[10]

Since he took virtually no damage during his fight with Yoshida, Johnson made a quick turnaround and faced Josh Koscheck on November 21, 2009, at UFC 106.[11] Both Johnson and Koscheck were awarded Fight of the Night honors for the contest, which saw Koscheck win via rear naked choke.

Johnson was expected to face John Howard on March 21, 2010 at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones,[12] but had to pull out due to suffering a knee injury in training.[13]

Because of the knee injury, Johnson considered a move to the middleweight division of the UFC.[14] Johnson indicated on the June 4, 2010, episode of Inside MMA that he must typically lose 55 pounds to make 170. Despite this, Johnson said that although he may take a fight at 185, he does not plan to remain there and intends to stay at 170.

Johnson returned to the octagon in early 2011. He faced Dan Hardy on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[15] Johnson used superior wrestling and controlled Hardy to a unanimous decision victory but did drop him with a left head kick in the first round of the fight.

Johnson was expected to face Nate Marquardt in what would have been his first main event on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4 but was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Rick Story.[16]

Johnson went on to face Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 6. He won the fight via first round KO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.[17]

For his next fight, Johnson attempted to move up to middleweight to face Vitor Belfort on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.[18] Leading up to the UFC 142 weigh-ins, doctors advised Johnson to terminate his weight cut and rehydrate. Johnson came in at 197 lb, 11 pounds over the middleweight division limit. The fight remained scheduled under the stipulation that Johnson would not weigh over 205 lb on fight day and would forfeit 20% of his purse to Belfort. On fight day, Johnson officially weighed in at 204.2 lb, and Belfort won via first round submission.[19] Following the loss, Johnson was released from the promotion.[20]

Titan Fighting Championships[edit]

After being released from the UFC, Johnson fought fellow UFC veteran David Branch at Titan Fighting Championships 22.[21] On the day of the weigh ins for the fight, Johnson once again missed making the 186 lb limit for the middleweight division, as he weighed in at 194.2 lb, 8.2 lb overweight. Branch was notified the morning of the weight in that Johnson was not going to make weight, so as a result he weighed in at 189 lb. The bout was then agreed upon as a catchweight bout at 195 lb. This marked the fourth time in Johnson's professional career that he has weighed in over the assigned weight limit. Johnson won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27 on all cards).

Johnson made his light heavyweight debut at Titan Fighting Championships 24 against former King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion Esteves Jones, Johnson won via TKO in just 51 seconds of the second round.[22]

Independent Promotions[edit]

Johnson fought Jake Rosholt at Xtreme Fight Night 9.[23] Johnson won the fight by TKO due to a head kick in the second round.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

Johnson faced Bellator veteran D.J. Linderman at WSOF 1 on November 3, 2012.[24] He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Johnson fought at heavyweight against Andrei Arlovski on March 23, 2013 at WSOF 2,[25] and won via unanimous decision.

Johnson was scheduled to face Strikeforce vet Mike Kyle on September 14, 2013 at WSOF 5.[26] However Johnson was forced out of the bout due to an injury.[27]

Johnson vs. Mike Kyle eventually took place on January 18, 2014 at WSOF 8 in Hollywood, Florida.[28] Johnson won the fight via knockout in the first round.[29][30]

Return to UFC[edit]

On February 4, 2014, it was announced that Johnson signed a four-fight deal to return to the UFC.[31]

In his return bout he faced top ranked Light Heavyweight Phil Davis in the co-main event at UFC 172.[32] Instead of cutting weight and fighting at the 170 lbs Welterweight division, Johnson fought at 205 lbs in the Light Heavyweight division.[33][34] Despite being a nearly 3-to-1 underdog, Johnson was successful in his return, defeating Davis via unanimous decision after dominating all three rounds of the fight.[35]

Johnson next faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira in the co-main event on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12.[36][37] He won the fight via KO at just 44 seconds into the first round.[38] The win also earned Johnson his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[39]

Suspension from UFC and return[edit]

On September 19, 2014 news surfaced about Johnson being suspected of domestic violence against the mother of his two children.[40] Soon after the news surfaced Johnson claimed to be innocent.[41] Due to the suspicion, UFC released a statement that Johnson is being indefinitely suspended until the case is investigated.[42] On November 6, 2014 the UFC lifted Johnson's suspension after the civil case was dismissed clearing him to fight.[43]

Johnson is expected to face Alexander Gustafsson on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14.[44]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–4 Antônio Rogério Nogueira KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 1 0:44 San Jose, California, United States Performance of the Night
Win 17–4 Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 3 5:00 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 16–4 Mike Kyle KO (punch) WSOF 8 January 18, 2014 1 2:03 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 15–4 Andrei Arlovski Decision (unanimous) WSOF 2 March 23, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey United States Heavyweight bout.
Win 14–4 D.J. Linderman KO (punch) WSOF 1 November 3, 2012 1 3:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4 Jake Rosholt TKO (head kick) Xtreme Fight Night 9 September 21, 2012 2 4:22 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 12–4 Esteves Jones TKO (punches) Titan Fighting Championships 24 August 24, 2012 2 0:51 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 11–4 David Branch Decision (unanimous) Titan Fighting Championships 22 May 25, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States 195 lb Catchweight bout; Both fighters missed weight.
Loss 10–4 Vitor Belfort Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 142 January 14, 2012 1 4:49 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Middleweight debut; 197 lb Catchweight bout; Johnson missed weight.
Win 10–3 Charlie Brenneman KO (head kick) UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson October 1, 2011 1 2:49 Washington, D.C., United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 9–3 Dan Hardy Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 8–3 Josh Koscheck Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 2 4:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 8–2 Yoshiyuki Yoshida KO (punches) UFC 104 October 24, 2009 1 0:41 Los Angeles, California, United States 176 lb Catchweight. Johnson missed weight.
Win 7–2 Luigi Fioravanti TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens February 7, 2009 1 4:39 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 6–2 Kevin Burns KO (head kick) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Finale December 13, 2008 3 0:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 5–2 Kevin Burns TKO (eye injury) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin July 19, 2008 3 3:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Johnson was poked in the eye. Could not continue.
Win 5–1 Tom Speer KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon April 2, 2008 1 0:51 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 4–1 Rich Clementi Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 2 3:05 Anaheim, California, United States 177 lb Catchweight; Johnson missed weight.
Win 4–0 Chad Reiner KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher June 12, 2007 1 0:13 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Keith Wilson Decision (majority) Rocky Mountain Nationals: Demolition September 16, 2006 2 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States Won Rocky Mountain Nationals tournament.
Win 2–0 Rich Moskowitz Decision (unanimous) Rocky Mountain Nationals: Demolition September 16, 2006 2 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 1–0 Jonathan Romero TKO (punches) Pangea Fights 2: Live MMA August 16, 2006 1 1:09 Hollywood, California, United States


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