Anthony Johnson Re-Enters USADA Testing Pool, Teases UFC Return

Former UFC fighter Anthony Johnson is expected to re-enter the US Anti-Doping Agency testing pool this week, the testing pool needed to be enrolled in to compete in the UFC. News of the plan was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.

Johnson fought 19 times in the UFC through two stints. His last fight came in 2017, losing to then-UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. Johnson retired from professional MMA following the loss.

“I missed the sport. I missed competing. At one point I was against guys coming back from retirement … I still feel good, I have no injuries,” said Johnson at a Bare Knuckle FC press conference on Tuesday, addressing the rumours of his plan to return to the UFC.

Johnson Since Retirement

Johnson had worked with BKFC since 2019, being the promotion’s head of fighter relations. Also since his time in the UFC Johnson has started Competitive Body Development, a CBD oil brand.

Johnson was arrested in May of 2019 and charged with domestic battery due to an incident with his girlfriend in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Johnson’s case was dismissed after he agreed to a plea deal, taking an anger management course and partaking in bi-weekly drug testing.

While Johnson has not competed in the UFC since his retirement, he took part in “Quintet Ultra,” a grappling event that happened at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA last December.

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