Six UFC Career-Changing Left Hooks

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anthony johnsonAnthony Johnson vs. Chad Reiner

Long before Anthony Johnson was fighting for titles at 205, he left a path of destruction at welterweight. That path started with Chad Reiner. On less than a week’s notice, the 3-0 Johnson’s power proved to be too much for Reiner, as ‘Rumble’ needed only thirteen seconds to dispose of his smaller foe.

The bout did more than just announce the arrival of Johnson, however, as it knocked Chad Reiner all the way out of the promotion, permanently. Following the loss and subsequent release, Reiner made his way through a variety of promotions, fighting every where from King of the Cage to Bellator, with mixed results. The one place Reiner never fought again was the UFC, proving that the left hook of Johnson is not something any fighter wants to meet.

Johnson eventually moved up to light heavyweight and found success, earning a title shot at UFC 187. His first shot at UFC gold did not go as expected, however, as he lost via submission to current champion, Daniel Cormier. With the help of his new grappling coach Neil Melanson, it appears as though ‘Rumble’ has his ground game under control and looks to make another run at the title. “Rumble” will face Glover Texeira this July at UFC on FOX 20. If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!