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Anthony Johnson dead at 38: Tributes pour in as ex-UFC challenger ‘Rumble’ passes away after long battle with illness

FORMER UFC fighter Anthony Johnson has died after a long battle with illness.

The 38-year-old was known as one of the best knockout artists during his fighting days and earned some big wins against high-level opponents inside and outside the octagon.

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has died aged 38.

At his prime, ‘Rumble’ managed knockout victories against former light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson.

Tributes have poured in for Johnson, with American MMA fighter Michael Chiesa Tweeting: “RIP Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. One of the most prolific KO artists our sport has ever seen.

“My prayers go out to his family and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Daniel Cormier, a former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight fighter, said: “Rest Easy my brother. For a guy who struck fear in so many peoples heart Anthony Johnson was a caring person.

“From random text to check ins during loss.

“What a person he was, Rumble will be missed. Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair. Horrible news.”

UFC commentator John Gooden added: “Heart breaking to learn of the tragic news that Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has passed away.

“I have a poster of him by my desk looking powerful. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

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