Daniel Cormier successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday (April 8), in a rematch against Anthony Johnson… who shocked fans by announcing his retirement immediately after.
Cormer defeated Johnson in similar fashion to their first fight, submitting him via rear-naked choke in the second round in the UFC 210 main event.
Then, during the post-fight interview in the Octagon, the 33-year-old Johnson (22-6) announced his retirement, despite winning 12 of his last 14 fights.
“This is my last fight,” Johnson said. “I didn’t even tell [UFC president] Dana White. My coaches knew. My family knew. My friends knew. I have to thank you all for being there for me. I gave my commitment to something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s not MMA-related. It’s just time to move on.
“I’m tired of getting punched by other guys. There’s nothing fun about that. I enjoyed it, though. I enjoyed the UFC,” he concluded.
During Johnson’s career, he’s recorded some very notable wins, including victories over Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, Antônio Rogério Nogueira and Andrei Arlovski.
As for Cormier (19-1), his next fight should be against Jon Jones, who he fought for the title (and lost) in 2015. After Jones was stripped of the belt because of legal reasons, but they were supposed to fight again at UFC 200 last July, but Jones was pulled from the fight for a failed drug test. His suspension ends July 6.
“Don’t talk to me about a guy that’s ineligible,” Cormier said as Jones stood cageside. “When you get your sh*t together and are ready to fight, I’ve been waiting for two years.”