Anthony Johnson ranks high on any reputable list involving MMA’s most frightening fighters.
An imposing physical specimen with thunderous knockout power and the requisite mean streak to go along with it, “Rumble” has posted victories in four different weight classes since he turned professional in August 2006, roughly two years after he won a national championship as an amateur wrestler at Lassen Community College in California. After stops at welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight, Johnson settled in at 205 pounds, forever altering the trajectory of his career.
Johnson finds himself on a three-fight winning streak as he prepares for his latest test, a rematch with undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier in the UFC 210 main event on April 8 in Buffalo, New York. There, he will attempt to join Cormier, Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz and Frank Shamrock as the only men to have captured UFC gold at 205 pounds.
During his climb on the mixed martial arts ladder, the 33-year-old Johnson has compiled his share of intriguing statistical data:
5: Opponents Johnson has beaten in less than a minute.
13: Knockdowns landed in Ultimate Fighting Championship competition, per FightMetric, tying him for fourth on the UFC’s all-time list with Melvin Guillard, Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua. Johnson trails only Anderson Silva (18), Donald Cerrone (14) and Chuck Liddell (14).
8: Post-fight performance bonuses won in the UFC. Johnson’s total haul in bonus money stands at $410,000.
4: Submission losses on Johnson’s resume. He has tapped to rear-naked chokes from Cormier, Belfort, Josh Koscheck and Rich Clementi.
16,201: People living on Johnson’s hometown of Dublin, Georgia, a mere 662 more than showed up at the T-Mobile Arena to see him destroy Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 on Aug. 20 in Las Vegas.
4: Times Johnson has failed to make weight since joining the UFC roster.
22: Percentage of Johnson’s fights that have gone the distance. “Rumble” has seen only six of his 27 bouts go to the judges, all of them in victory, wins over Phil Davis, Andrei Arlovski, David Branch, Dan Hardy, Keith Wilson and Rich Moskowitz.
2:57: The average time at which the stoppage has occurred in Johnson’s 16 career finishes. This includes wins of 13 seconds (Teixeira), 13 seconds (Chad Reiner) 41 seconds (Yoshiyuki Yoshida), 44 seconds (Antonio Rogerio Nogueira), 51 seconds (Tom Speer) and 86 seconds (Ryan Bader).
.672: The cumulative winning percentage of Cormier, Belfort, Koscheck, Clementi and Kevin Burns -- the five men who have defeated Johnson.
9-0: Johnson’s record outside the UFC, which includes appearances in the World Series of Fighting and Titan Fighting Championship.
65-12: The combined record of the three men -- Teixeira, Bader and Jimi Manuwa -- Johnson has vanquished during his current three-fight winning streak.
146-63: The margin by which Johnson has outstruck his seven opponents in the significant strikes department since he threw out his anchor at 205 pounds. This includes 11-0 and 8-0 shutouts of Bader and Nogueira.
12: Number of first-round finishes on Johnson’s ledger.