After losing to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 210, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson surprised many by immediately announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts during his post-fight interview.
Elias Theodorou was not one of those surprised -- as the UFC middleweight and Fightful.com podcast host explained during the latest episode of his podcast.
"He threw the fight, in some regard," Theodorou told his co-host, Showdown Joe. "He threw it in his actual desire to be there. He didn't want to be there. He already had a preconceived notion that he was going to retire. I've heard rumblings before and I've heard rumblings for months, if not years, about Anthony. He hates training."
Johnson posted a farewell message to his fans Monday on Instagram, describing his retirement as "a new beginning" and that he looked forward to focusing on "something different other than MMA."
Theodorou went on to add that, in the case of Johnson, it may come down to a matter of identity and mindset.
"His whole thing is he doesn't want to be Rumble anymore," Theodorou said. "I think there's a lot of baggage that some people have to be angry to be a fighter. And I think maybe he doesn't wanna be angry in any way, shape, or form. I've heard for over a year that he's wanted to retire."
Both Theodorou and Showdown Joe noted they gave Johnson the edge going into the fight with Cormier, which marked Johnson's second chance to unseat Cormier as the 205-pound champ.
"He didn't show up to the fight," Theodorou said. "He didn't want to be there."
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