Anthony Johnson may be one of the planet’s best light-heavyweights, and is only 31 years-old, but “Rumble” doesn’t plan to be fighting in his mid-thirties.
Johnson is scheduled to fight Ryan Bader on January 30th at UFC on FOX 18, in what is expected to determine the next challenger for the 205 belt. Champion Daniel Cormier is supposed to fight former champ Jon Jones sometime in early 2016.
Recently Johnson appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and while discussing his future, he revealed he plans to retire within “three years”. The punishing striker also had this to say about why (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I want to live life without being worried about getting punched and getting up every day and losing weight and all of that craziness,” Johnson said. “I love the sport and respect the sport, but I want to be able to sit back and have a family and enjoy life besides getting up every morning, having some other guy guy all up on top of me.”
Fair enough, especially when you consider that Johnson has already been fighting for nearly a decade and has 25 pro bouts under his belt. Not everyone wants to fight for 15-20 years, and endure all the challenges involved. Especially if you’ve been able to make some good money and have been planning for life post-MMA.
UFC on FOX 18 will go down at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In the co-headliner, Ben Rothwell will take on fellow heavyweight contender Josh Barnett.