Anthony Johnson announced he was calling it quits on fighting career earlier this month, and following UFC Fight Night 108, he’s telling others to do the same.
Johnson sent a shockwave throughout the MMA world on April 8th, when he announced he was retiring, after being submitted by Daniel Cormier. Johnson was coming off three straight, knockout wins heading into the bout, and was one of the planet’s best 205’ers. Plus, Johnson’s only 33.
Well, after this Saturday’s card in Nashville, Johnson posted this comment on Facebook:
Watched some of the fights last night and I’ll tell you this…
Know when to hang em up! If you’ve already been knocked out in about your last 5-6 fights isn’t that your body saying “I’ve had enough”?
I get that it’s a macho, I have bigger balls than you sport but man some of these dudes are going to forget their name by the time they’re 45.
Good luck with that…
Now, if you’re running through your mind right now who Johnson could be referring to, the evidence points to Jake Ellenberger. The veteran welterweight was KO’d in vicious fashion by Mike Perry. It marked the third time Ellenberger’s been finished in his last five fights.
Diego Sanchez was also brutally KO’d by Al Iaquinta, but that’s only the second time in Sanchez’s he’s been taken out like that (his loss to BJ Penn back in 2009 was via doctor stoppage). Maybe Johnson was referring to an entirely different card, but that seems unlikely.