The two-time UFC title challenger and Bellator fighter Anthony Johnson has passed away in his 38th year.
Following a flood of comments regarding Johnson’s passing on social media, MMA Fighting has confirmed the news with sources familiar with the situation.
Unknown as of yet is the reason of death.
Johnson is best known for his two UFC appearances, from 2007 to 2012 and 2014 to 2017.
His second run with the promotion took place as a light heavyweight, but his first run with the promotion saw him emerge as an intriguing welterweight prospect with unmatched knockout power.
Johnson’s second UFC run saw him triumph over fighters like Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, Alexander Gustafsson, and Phil Davis, earning him two chances to defend his light heavyweight title.
After losing a title fight to Daniel Cormier in 2017, he declared his retirement. However, he made a comeback in 2021 and competed once for Bellator, knocking out Jose Augusto in the second round.
Johnson was scheduled to face Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov in October 2021 as part of a grand prix tournament, but he had to pull out due to an undisclosed illness.
Johnson had a 23-6 pro MMA record, with 17 of those victories coming by way of KO/TKO.