Who is Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson? Biography, Death Cause, What Killed Him?
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, a star of the UFC, died on Sunday after a fight with several ailments. He was 38.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the mixed martial artist’s estimated net worth at the time of his passing was $4 million (CNW).
Johnson’s professional fighting earnings and sponsorship contracts helped him amass a fortune.
MMA Junkie alleged that in 2015, after losing to former UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the third round, he was paid $500,000 for the main event of UFC 187. According to the site, the amount simply represented the expected base wage and excluded deductions for taxes, insurance, license fees, and any other unique discretionary UFC bonuses.
The mixed martial artist, who was born in Georgia, received an endorsement deal with beverage firm FBEC Worldwide in 2015 for their hemp-based energy shot WolfShot in addition to his pay from professional fights. According to PR Newswire, Johnson was the No. 2 ranked light heavyweight fighter in the world at the time.
As a versatile fighter, Johnson competed in the welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight weight classes. In a match against Chad Reiner in 2007, he made his UFC debut, winning in just 13 seconds. He defeated Jonathan Romero in 2016 to make his professional MMA debut.
Throughout his career, the mixed martial artist received various honors, including “Knockout of the Night” awards for victories over Kevin Burns and Charlie Brenneman in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Despite losing to Josh Koscheck, he received “Fight of the Night” honors in 2009.
Johnson won the “Performance of the Night” award for four fights as well. He won the first one in 2014 by defeating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, while the second one was won by Alexander Gustafsson the following year. Additionally, he obtained the title after defeating Ryan Bader in 2016 and Jimi Manuwa in 2015.
Prior to his passing, Johnson had a 23-6 career MMA record, including 17 knockout victories, and a 13-6 record in the UFC from 2007 to 2017.
Johnson was a junior college national champion in amateur wrestling before joining the MMA league. He competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Johnson declared his retirement from mixed martial arts in 2017, but four years later, according to CBS Sports, he unexpectedly returned to the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
Johnson’s final bout was a knockout victory over Jose Augusto in the first round of the Bellator tournament in May 2021, which marked his comeback to the ring. Later, an illness kept him out of the semifinal title match against Vadim Nemkov.
Johnson revealed that he was suffering an ailment that he did not disclose at the time in a message on his Instagram account that he needed “many prayers” months after his final bout.
Johnson’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN in late October of the same year that the athlete was “going through some health challenges,” but he did not reveal what the issue was.
According to Yahoo Sports, Johnson’s non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare immune system illness, cause organ failure.