Anthony Johnson kept it a top secret for weeks, but past Wednesday information broke that he’s now a Bellator fighter – a shocker to several MMA enthusiasts and media alike.
Regardless of mutually parting ways with the UFC, Johnson (22-6 MMA, – BMMA) explained to MMA Junkie on Wednesday there is no terrible blood in between him and his previous employer – echoing the sentiment UFC president Dana White place forth final week.
“This experienced currently occurred about a month ahead of it came out. I was keeping my mouth closed,” Johnson claimed. “There was no animosity, almost nothing terrible when the UFC and I split. It was actually a mutual thing. There was no lousy blood, no negativity, no anything at all. It was most effective for the two of us.”
When MMA Junkie asked White about “Rumble” following UFC Combat Evening 183, White indicated equally events required to remain collectively, but the partnership ultimately couldn’t carry on. Cryptically, White claimed Johnson would have to make clear why.
Which he did Wednesday.
“Business-intelligent, it’s just intelligent for me,” Johnson stated. “I’m likely into a distinct field exterior of MMA. It gives me a little little bit far more leeway to do a little bit additional. Honestly, with the UFC like that, you possibly simply cannot definitely do a great deal of points that you’d want to do simply because they are these kinds of a rigorous firm. When you have principles, you have to comply with them, guy. I’m not seeking to crack any guidelines, so why not just do our detail, demonstrate each individual other like and regard, and it is what it is?”
What Johnson is referring to is his delve into the cannabis business with his enterprise Rumbletime Consultants, Inc. The UFC has a rigid policy when it arrives to sponsorship, principles that Johnson highly regarded and approved. Nonetheless, Johnson said since of the policies, a break up made sense.
“I consider I’m likely to do the exact matter,” Johnson reported. “I’ll be equipped to help press Bellator and my possess organization at the same magnitude and just go forward. With the UFC, they already have a system on how they want to do items. Everyone is familiar with that. You have to respect it, nevertheless. I regard them. They respect me. Why not just do our have factor and all people goes property pleased?”
Johnson, 36, was a contender for a UFC title on two occasions prior to his retirement in April 2017. The two occasions he missing to Daniel Cormier. Whilst it’s tricky to go away the promotion in which he constructed his title, Johnson indicated he’s thrilled by the new obstacle that awaits him.
“Separating from the UFC was a very little hard for the reason that that is been my dwelling for so long,” Johnson mentioned. “I developed up who I am fighting in the UFC and knocking people out in the UFC. It’s experienced a large amount of that means to me to be a UFC fighter. But that journey has passed now, and now I’m on to a new journey. I’m hunting ahead to knocking men and women out in Bellator just as significantly.”