Bellator Goes Rumblin’

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Anthony Johnson celebrates his first-round knockout win over Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight bout at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Great white sharks are at the top of the food chain and aren’t likely to be killed by other sea creatures. Why did I happen to mention this random but very cool fact about a great white shark? Because a great white shark by the name of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson just signed with Bellator, after a mutual parting of ways between him and the UFC.

Listen. I know we’re all upset that we never got that fight, Anthony Johnson against Jon Jones (Either at LHW or HW), but there’s positives to this. It’s a smart and tactical move for the UFC and Bellator. Dana White gets his roster cut without losing someone young with great potential. Scott Coker gets someone with brand value and could be a top-tier contender in their LHW division. Johnson, with his agent Ali Abdelaziz, knew he would get top dollar in whichever promotion he would choose to continue his career in. Bellator President Scott Coker also recently underwent a big roster influx. Ever since they restarted after the pandemic occurred, they’ve been trying to get away from the “UFC Castaway” (Sounds like a reality TV show) brand. They’ve been moving in a self-promoting direction, deciding to stick with homegrown talents like Valerie Loureda, Juan Archuleta, and AJ McKee. They shockingly passed on recent free agents, Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Yoel Romero, the latter being the more shocking since Romero is still a top-tier contender and fought for the title in his last bout.

Bellator has slowly been rebuilding its Light Heavyweight division ever since Ryan Bader went on hiatus to claim the heavyweight crown in Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix back in 2018. He defended the title once in 2017 and then moved up. 3 years went by with no defenses before he was finally dethroned by current champion Nemkov in 2020. Not so long ago, Bellator was able to sign Corey “Overtime” Anderson, who debuted victoriously in a TKO performance over legendary veteran Melvin Manhoef. Who’s ready for a dose of fantasy booking? Here we go? Corey Anderson vs. Anthony Johnson (in his debut) in a #1 Contenders bout, winner faces Nemkov for the strap. I already got goosebumps just from mentioning it *shudders*.

Rumble Johnson has the opportunity to etch his name in Bellator’s ever-growing legacy. We also said the same thing about Ben Askren when he came to the UFC. Maybe, Father Time, is the one opponent Rumble can’t knock out? Or does he age with grace? All I can say is: There’s a Rumble in Bellator, and he’s coming early 2021.


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