Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, a former UFC light heavyweight contender and current Bellator fighter, had to withdraw from his fight against Vadim Nemkov due to illness one year ago, and he hasn’t competed since.
I wish I could describe my condition in more depth. Just know that I could use your prayers, and if God wills, I’ll see you in 2022. Never been this terrified of anything in my life, but with the help of friends and family, I’ve managed to stay strong,” Johnson wrote in a letter in September.
Currently, Johnson’s manager Ali Abdelaziz provides an update on the fighter’s health problems in a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
“Rumble, he’s now experiencing some health issues. It’s quite depressing,” remarked Abdelaziz. “I feel that I should ask everyone to pray for him. Pray for Anthony. Not well at all. He has a strong spiritual foundation. Pray for him, though.
Anthony Johnson Gets Support from Bellator
The manager claims that the promotion will take care of “Rumble.”
“I want to thank Bellator and Scott Coker… He has had their support. You simply cannot understand the amount of support they are providing for them, said Abdelaziz. “Be courageous, Anthony. Many people adore you. He’s not doing well, but he’ll be alright.
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Anthony Johnson was a feared knockout artist in the UFC, having defeated opponents like Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, and Jimi Manuwa. In total, “Rumble” has 23 career victories and 17 knockouts.
Health Troubles with Anthony Johnsons
The 38-year-old former UFC title challenger appeared to be recovering at the beginning of this year, but it’s clear from the way he looks that the sickness severely affected him.
Now, it appears that he is once more in serious health trouble. To provide a health update on Johnson, his manager Ali Abdelaziz recently met with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
“Rumble,’ he’s currently experiencing some health issues. really sad I ask that everyone pray for him. Pray for Anthony; his health is poor. He is very spiritually powerful, but please pray for him, stated Abdelaziz.
Abdelaziz also expressed his gratitude to Bellator CEO Scott Coker for his company’s backing of their fighter.
“I want to thank Bellator and Scott Coker… He has had their support. You simply cannot imagine the amount of assistance they are providing.
“Be courageous, Anthony. Many people adore you. He’s not doing well, but he’ll be alright.
Johnson (23-6), who received multiple performance bonuses and twice competed for the UFC light heavyweight title, last competed at Bellator 258 in May 2021 against José Augusto Azevedo Barros. He triumphed by knockout in the second round.