You only need to glance at Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson’s resume to realize that he’s one of the greatest knockout artists the sport has ever seen, with 10 out of his 12 UFC victories coming by way of strikes, stopping stars like Alexander Gustafsson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa, and Glover Teixeira along the way.
What makes his record even more impressive is that he was initially knocking out opponents at 170 pounds, yet he somehow managed to maintain his punching power all the way up at 205 pounds and beyond.
One of Johnson’s frequent sparring partners, former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans knows only too well how hard he hits, and he said without hesitation that, “He’s the hardest puncher I’ve ever experienced, for sure. No doubt about it,”, while adding that, “I’ve watched him knock out countless people in the gym.”
Somebody who has survived the best Johnson has to offer is current light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, but even he recognizes that A.J. wields a different kind of power.
“Anthony Johnson hits harder than any other person, no doubt,” DC told the Opie & Jim Norton Show. “Every time he hit me, it made me kind of like fly all over the place. He was trying to take my head off. Even when he’d miss, you can hear it.”