Anthony Johnson has parted ways with UFC and has since signed with Bellator, per reports. Ariel Helwani of ESPN was first to report Johnson’s change in promotion on Wednesday.
The move comes months after Johnson re-entered the USADA testing pool and teased a return in MMA.
“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 back in August at a Bare Knuckle FC press conference.
Johnson last competed in 2017, where he lost a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight against Daniel Cormier. Johnson has a UFC record of 13 wins and six losses.
Bellator President Scott Coker teased at the signing on Wednesday, tweeting a GIF which said “Rumble,” Johnson’s nickname.
Should Johnson compete in Bellator, it would be the first time he fought since a 2019 incident where he was accused of domestic battery. Johnson accepted a plea deal in the incident, taking an anger management course and bi-weekly drug testing for it.
Johnson’s last athletic competition was in late 2019, where he competed at Quintet, a team grappling event.