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Anthony Rumble Johnson to make long-awaited UFC return at light-heavyweight following three years out after Cormier loss

ANTHONY JOHNSON is set to make his long-awaited UFC comeback at light-heavyweight – two years since retiring.

The 36-year-old walked away from the sport after losing to Daniel Cormier.

In the years since ‘Rumble’ flirted with a move up to heavyweight, yet nothing materialised.

But after light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones announced he would vacate the title, Johnson’s return was announced.

His manager Ali Abdelaziz informed ESPN, that the American will re-enter the UFC’s mandatory drug testing program this week.

United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) requires fighters provide six months of testing before they are cleared to compete.

Johnson retired with a storied 22-6 career.

Amazingly, he started his UFC run at welterweight but after missing weight he briefly moved to middleweight.

Johnson was then absent from MMA’s top flight promotion from 2012 – 2014 where he reinvented himself at light-heavyweight and as high as heavyweight.

He was re-signed by the UFC in 2014 and became famed for his knockout power.

The American won three straight before he was matched up to face Jones – but the champions was forced to withdraw and vacate his belt after a hit-and-run incident.

Johnson would then face Daniel Cormier, but lost by submission.

The heavy-hitter won three more fights, all by knockout, to earn a rematch with DC but he suffered the same result.

Johnson then retired and became head of fighter relations for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships.

But it appears he is already training for a UFC return, but will have to cut weight to get back down to 205lb.

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