Anthony "Rumble" Johnson made a shocking revelationduring his post-fight interview.
Following his loss toUFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier atUFC 210 on Saturday, Johnson announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
"This is my last fight," Johnson said in the Octagon, via ESPN. "I didn't even tell [UFC president] Dana White. My coaches knew. My family knew. My friends knew. I have to thank you all for being there for me. I gave my commitment to something I've wanted to do for a while. It's not MMA-related. It's just time to move on.
"I'm tired of getting punched by other guys. There's nothing fun about that. I enjoyed it, though. I enjoyed the UFC."
While Johnson didn't outline any details regarding what his future holds, he denied rumors suggesting he was going to play for the Rams.
"It's just business, you know. I want to do something besides going to the gym every day, punching and kicking and rolling around with another dude —s***gets old. It's time to move on.
"And no, I'm not about to play football for the Rams, because everyone's hitting me up and saying some crazy stuff. Why would I go into another sport that is the same thing as this and you take all this impact and stuff?"
Johnson, 33, won 12 of his final 14 fights over the last five years, with his only two losses coming to Cormier in title bouts. Johnsonwill finish his careerwith a 22-6 record that includes16 knockout victories.