Anthony Johnson Returns to Octagon, Fights Phil Davis at UFC 172

Written by Tom Ngo
February 4th, 2014

UFC Welterweight Anthony Johnson

Who says you can’t go home again (especially if you’ve been winning)? On Tuesday morning, UFC president Dana White announced via Twitter that they have brought back Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (pictured).

White will throw Johnson right into the fire, as the now-light heavyweight meets Phil Davis on April 26 at UFC 172.

White fired Johnson in January 2012 following a submission loss to Vitor Belfort – or more importantly, for missing weight for the third time (two at welterweight and one at middleweight) in 11 UFC fights. The 29-year-old has been on a torrid tear since his UFC release, winning all six of his scraps in smaller organizations.

Johnson hit the free agent market last month after knocking out Mike Kyle at World Series of Fighting 8.

“Rumble” owns a 16-4 professional record and posted a 7-4 mark under the UFC’s watch.

Davis, meanwhile, has been waiting (somewhat) patiently for his next assignment. Despite being healthy, the wrestler hasn’t been seen since taking a highly controversial unanimous decision victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 in August.

“Mr. Wonderful” is perfect through his past three scraps.

Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland hosts the festivities.

Here is the card’s current roster:

Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke

Joe Ellenberger vs. Yancy Medeiros

Jessamyn Duke vs. Bethe Correia

Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott

Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili

Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Anthony Johnson vs. Phil Davis

Glover Teixeira vs. Jon Jones (UFC light heavyweight champion)

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