Anthony Johnson Is Back, Faces Phil Davis At UFC 172


Big news for any Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson fans out there, as we learn that the former UFC Welterweight has re-signed with the promotion as a Light-Heavyweight. Johnson was cast out of the UFC after failing to make weight for his Middleweight bout against Vitor Belfort at UFC 142.

The infraction was the third during his first UFC stint, and proved enough for him to be cut following the subsequent loss. UFC prez Dana White announced today that ‘Rumble’ would be returning following a six-fight win streak in lesser promotions. He was most recently seen knocking out Mike Kyle at WSOF 8 on January 18.

His return bout will be a 205-pound match against Phil ‘Mr Wonderful’ Davis at UFC 172 in Baltimore. White also revealed that a Middleweight scrap between Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch has also been added to the card.

The former Strikeforce Middleweight boss will look to extend his UFC streak to two against Boetsch after dominating Costa Phillipou last month. Similarly, Boetsch is back in the win column after dropping two, recently taking a decision over CB Dolloway at UFC 166.

Headlined by the Light Heavyweight championship fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, UFC 172 is gaining weight with the return of Johnson and Rockhold vs. Boetsch. Here is how the card looks so far:

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira (for LHW title)

Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Anthony Johnson vs. Phil Davis

Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott

Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch

Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Ellenberger

Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili

Jessamyn Duke vs. Bethe Correia 

  • NO EFFING WAY!!!! Awesome, please get the KO and catapult yourself into the top 10, Maybe even the TOP 5

    • 3 words for Mr Johnson "Take Down Defense"

    • This is basically a bodybuilding competition.

  • That's a good match up and will show us where Anthony stands in the UFC. I think Rockhold deserves a better opponent as this is a gimme for him but I guess everyone else is already booked

    • I agree, aside from a late miracle knockout against okami,
      boetsch has never done anything except squeak out decisions. IMO this will be an easy fight for Rockhold who is a future title contender in my mind.

    • This should be an easy day for Luke.

  • Will get outclassed by Davis…then fight a lower tier fighter, win…then fight another top 10 fighter, get outclassed again…then get cut…. again!

  • SWEET !!!! i got Johnson.. great card by the way!

  • Nice!!! Hope he makes weight at LHW!

  • the LHW division has gotten so boring in the last couple years. they couldnt even find davis and opponent so they had to bring back rumble. i want to go back to the machida era..way more fun. Realisticly there is only 2 competitive.marketable fight left and thats gus/jones 2 and DC. All the other "top" LHW arent championship level, past their prime or about to retire. Rashad, hendo, shogun, lil nog, davis, minuwa, silva, chael, glover, Bader

    • 2009 was the best year imo for MMA griffen as well.

  • Tough 'welcome back' fight for Anthony.

  • Nice to see him back! He is one of more fav fighters to watch.
    Lets hope he worked on his take down defense, otherwise it will be a boring fight 🙁