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Anthony Johnson planning UFC return at heavyweight, reportedly avoids jail time for recent misdemeanor domestic battery charge

It was an eventful Tuesday for former UFC fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson as news of a potential comeback and the resolution of a recent legal case surfaced.

Johnson’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN that Johnson, a two-time world title challenger at 205 pounds who also competed at middleweight and welterweight, is planning a UFC comeback at heavyweight next year. The 35-year-old has not competed since UFC 210 on April 8, 2017, when he lost via second-round rear-naked choke to Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight championship match.

Per ESPN’s report, which MMA Fighting confirmed with Abdelaziz on Tuesday evening, Johnson (22-6) has already taken steps to re-enter the UFC’s mandatory drug-testing program and are aiming for Johnson to be eligible to compete by March 2020 (retired athletes are required to undergo six months of testing before competing again).