From UFC Fighter to Medicinal Weed; Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Transitions Into Becoming His Own Boss

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/16/17 08:32AM EDT

Anthony Johnson announced his retirement following his defeat in the hands of Daniel Cormier at the UFC 210 on April 8 to the shock of fans and other professional fighters alike. However, it all makes sense after "Rumble" shared his backup plan.

Apparently, a new business venture for the 33-year-old is to open a string of facilities offering medicinal marijuana. "We got some good things going on. It's already big. We're just waiting for that law to pass and whenever it passes, we're golden," he said during an interview on Heated Conversations. "We're playing our cards right, we're playing by the book, so that way there's no issue."

Apart from transitioning into a businessman, Johnson said that his main reason for retiring from the UFC was his health, particularly chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, CTE is usually found in boxers and other fighters who suffer repeated blows to the head. Symptoms of include memory loss, drastic changes in behavior, aggression, motor skills and dementia, among others.

Johnson said he doesn't want lingering effects of the condition to affect the rest of his life. However, he quickly added that he's not making judgments on other UFC fighters who continue to risk themselves in the cage.

But if he has one advice it is to make as much money as they can, and then get out while their mind and body are still intact. "That's why Conor McGregor is killing it. He's straight killing it," he explained. "I left on my own terms. I left on good terms and I left as one of the best fighters ever in the weight class. I did my job."

Johnson has a pending appeal before the New York State Athletic Commission over what has been known in the media as the "Towel Gate." During the weigh-in, Johnson's team noted that DC leaned on the towel to make the weight. If the commission will find him guilty, the former Olympic wrestler could be stripped of the heavyweight belt.

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