UFC 104 Fighter Profile: Anthony "Rumble" Johnson
Oct 22, 2009 - 10:14:05 AM
By: Sam Berkenbile, MMATorch Contributor
Name: Anthony "Rumble" Johnson
Professional MMA Record: 7-2
Biography: Anthony Kewoa Johnson was born March 6, 1984 in Dublin Georgia (age 25). "Rumble" is a welterweight training out of Cung Le's USH Fight Team in San Jose, California. Johnson is a collegiate wrester who likes to keep the fight standing to utilize his incredible speed and power. Also notable is Johnson's size, as he is 6'2". Johnson has claimed to weigh as much as 190 pounds come fight time.
Johnson broke onto the scene in 2007 at UFC Fight Night: Stout vs Fisher, putting Chad Reiner to sleep in just thirteen seconds. This was only Johnson's fourth fight, which he took on less than one weeks notice. The impressive knockout was America's first view of the explosive young striker. Unfortunately for Johnson, like many other young fighters who have an utterly dominating performance, he was matched against a very talented veteran fighter. Rumble lost to Rich Clementi at UFC 76 via rear naked choke. He would then bounce back in great fashion by knocking out TUF season six runner up Tommy Speer in just under a minute.
Rumble would lose his next fight in controversial fashion after Kevin Burns repeatedly poked Johnson in the eye with an open jab. After Burns landed the third eye poke, Johnson fell to thr ground writhing in pain. Unfortunately for some reason the NSAC still lets Steve Mazzagatti referee fights, so the fight was called a TKO for Burns. Johnson would get his rematch with Burns thought, KOing him thirty seconds into the third with a head kick. Rumble also added a little padding to his wallet by winning fight of the night honors
Johnson's last fight was against Luigi Fioravanti, whom he TKO'd at the end of the first round. Thus far, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has showed to be one of the most exciting up and comers in the UFC. Rumble is slated to face crafty Judoka, Yoshiyuka "Zenko" Yoshida at UFC 104. Rumble is looking to truly make his mark, as he has been quoted saying he wants to fight top ten competition.