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Details of former UFC star Anthony Johnson's death revealed: report

Details of former UFC star Anthony Johnson’s death revealed: report

former UFC star Anthony Johnson reportedly died of organ failure due to a bout of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and phagocytosis lymphocytosis. He was 38 years old.

Johnson’s death was announced Sunday in a statement from Bellator MMA, the latest promotion the former light heavyweight contender participated in. Yahoo Sports You stated the cause of death.

The Young mixed artist A Bellator spokesperson told the Associated Press that he had been sick for more than a year. But he wasn’t known for speaking publicly about what he was experiencing.

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Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson (L) of the United States fights with Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson of Sweden in a UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on January 24, 2015.
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Kamaru Usman told Yahoo Sports that he spoke to Johnson a few months ago but had no details about what was going on with him.

“You know, he was a little bit like Chadwick Boseman,” Osman said. “Chadwick kept his case a secret, and we were all shocked and amazed [when he died in 2020]. Rumble will give you these nonchalant stories, he was on dialysis on his kidneys, but he never really told you exactly what was going on. He didn’t want to be treated any differently. He didn’t want people to see him lose all that weight and go through these situations and treat him differently because of what was going on. He was a great athlete.

“He had middleweight and heavyweight strength, and he was able to carry that throughout his career. He was really special and talented, and he didn’t have to try so hard. He felt like he was working hard, but there were levels he didn’t go to, maybe he didn’t want to.” Going for it. He was so natural. I was so impressed with that. He made it look easy. He hit a guy and the guy was falling apart. I mean, I worked hard and it took the time, and I would hit that guy with everything, and he’d just stand there. The Rumble was of a different caliber about the rest of us.”

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Johnson posted a troubling message in September 2021 that he needed “as many prayers as possible” and was in a fight that was not related to coronavirus. Johnson then published in May that he had received information from a doctor that he had made “significant improvements”.

Anthony Johnson enters the ring prior to his Ligh Heavyweight Title Bout match against Daniel Cormier at KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.

Anthony Johnson enters the ring prior to his Ligh Heavyweight Title Bout match against Daniel Cormier at KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.
(Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In October, Johnson’s manager told ESPN that the “Rumble” is “going through some health issues at the moment… He’s not doing well.”

Daniel CormierJohnson, with whom Johnson had a major rivalry, was among those paying tribute to the “Rumble”.

“Rest easy bro. For a man who struck fear into the hearts of so many people, Anthony Johnson was a caring person,” Cormier wrote on Twitter. “From the random text to check in while losing. What a guy, we’re going to miss the Rumble. Sometimes life just doesn’t feel fair. Shocking news.”

Johnson has had 11 knockouts during his UFC contract. He fought from 2007 to 2017 and lost twice to Cormier in light heavyweight title bouts. He competed in three weight classes during his time in the UFC and became one of the toughest punchers the company had ever seen.

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He retired from the UFC in 2017 and was competing at Bellator in 2021 before his health issues worsened.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.