The MMA community was left in mourning Sunday after Former UFC title contender Anthony Johnson dies came to light. Many of his contemporaries, whether former rivals or teammates, shared their wishes for the late “Rumble”.
What was not immediately revealed was the cause of his death. All everyone knows is that the 38-year-old had a serious medical condition in 2021. Recently, his manager Ali Abdulaziz asked for prayers because Johnson was “Not working well. “
But as Hey ho! sports A recent report, revealed that Johnson died of organ failure from non-Hodgkin lymphoma and phagocytosis lymphocytosis, a rare immune disorder.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is usually a treatable type of cancer 73% survival rate. It is one of the most Common types of cancers (4%) although they occur And the death rate It is “strongly age-related” and is most frequently seen in people over 65 years of age.
Former training partner and former champion Kamaru Usman also spoke to Yahoo! It was revealed that Johnson was on dialysis during one of their last encounters a few months ago.
“You know, it was kind of like that [the late actor] Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick kept his case a secret and we were all shocked and amazed [when he died in 2020]. Rumble will give you these nonchalant stories, he was on dialysis on his kidneys but he never told you what was going on.
“He didn’t want to be treated differently. He didn’t want to see people lose all that weight and go through these situations and treat him differently because of what was going on. He was a great athlete.”
“He had middleweight and heavyweight strength and he was able to carry that throughout his career. He was really special and talented and he didn’t have to try so hard. He felt like he was working hard, but there were levels he didn’t go to, maybe he didn’t want to.” go to it.
it was normal. I like it very much. He said it looks easy. He would hit a man and the man would collapse. I mean, I worked hard and put in this time and I’m going to finish and hit this guy with everything and he was just standing there. Rumble was a different caliber than the rest of us.”
Johnson (23-6) was last seen at Bellator 258 in May 2021 against Jose Augusto Azevedo, who was knocked out in the second round.
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