Anthony Johnson Would End Retirement To Fight Jon Jones


Anthony Johnson announced his retirement from MMA competition after a second loss to UFC Heavyweight Champion (then UFC Light Heavyweight Champion) Daniel Cormier at UFC 210.

If there is one thing that could get the fighter out of retirement, it would be a bout against UFC LIght Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, but it would be a heavyweight division encounter.

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“The only way I’d come out of retirement is if Jon Jones goes to heavyweight, and then that’s when I’ll come out of retirement and fight Jon,” Johnson said on Into the Weeds (via Steve Marrocco of MMA Junkie). “I mean, that’s the only guy I want to fight. Because after him, I can officially say I did my job, (and) my mission is complete. Although I didn’t win a title, I fought the best of the best.”

Johnson has competed in a multitude of weight classes in his career, ranging from welterweight to light heavyweight.

There has been a lot of hate thrown at UFC President Dana White over the years, but Johnson views the UFC President in a different way.

“A lot of people talk trash about Dana White, how he’s a snake and how he’s bad for the sport,” Johnson said. “You know what? Dana, he’s just smart. He’s a businessman. Being in the cage and fighting – this happened during the fight, I think after I knocked somebody out. I don’t remember who it was. I remember looking at Dana on the other side of the cage and thinking, ‘Damn, I just put in all this work, and I’m getting the victory and feeling like a winner, but the dude on the other side of the cage is celebrating more than me right now, because he’s not taking one punch, he’s not running one mile, not doing one sit-up or push-up, and he’s making a grip of money.’ I was like, yeah, it’s time for a career change.”

Jones has hinted at moving to heavyweight in the future, but didn’t mention Johnson as a potential opponent.

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