KNOCKOUT artist Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson is set to leave retirement to enter the heavyweight fray in 2020.
Johnson lost a second 205 pound title bid against Daniel Cormier in 2017, prompting him to retire from competition.
However, he did express an interest in returning at heavyweight for a clash with light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.
Per Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Johnson is working towards a 2020 return at heavyweight. The news comes from his manager, Ali Abdelaziz.
Johnson will soon file the paperwork to re-join USADA’s testing pool. The anti-doping agency ask returning fighters to undergo a six month period of testing before fighting again. Johnson’s team, with the sixth month period taken into account, expect him to enter competition in March 2020.
The heavyweight and 205 pound division are both thriving at the minute. Jones is fighting regularly and has almost taken out all challengers at the weight having only recently re-joined the top of the tree.
Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic contested the world heavyweight title at UFC 241 with Miocic regaining the belt and bringing the saga to 1-1.
As well as these upper echelon fighters, there are plenty of fringe contenders that would make sense opposite Johnson be it a heavyweight or a light heavy moving up. Abdelaziz has said that Johnson is initially looking at fights with Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem.