Anthony “Rumble” Johnson of Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States passed away on November 13, 2022 from an organ failure due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. He was 38.
Johnson was once a training partner of “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 37, of Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar. The Burmese mixed martial arts superstar took to Instagram to pay tribute to his late friend.
Aung was one of the winners at “ONE 163“. The victory marked his 13th win in ONE Championship.
Featuring 11 matches, “ONE 163” was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 19, 2022. In the eighth bout of the evening, Aung fought Yushin “Thunder” Okami, 41, of Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan in the middleweight division.
Herb Dean served as the referee. He stopped the middleweight contest after 1 minute and 42 seconds in the first round and raised the hand of Aung, who was declared the winner via technical knockout via punches.
After winning, Aung paid tribute to Johnson inside the cage. The victory improved the Myitkina native’s professional MMA record to 28 wins, 13 losses and 1 No Contest.
From Myitkyina, Aung moved to the U.S. in 2003. He graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in 2007.
Currently, Aung is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Since 2018, he has been training at Kill Cliff Fight Club, a Deerfield-based MMA gym formerly known as Sanford MMA, Hard Knocks 365 and Combat Club.
Before “ONE 163”, Aung defeated 11 opponents in ONE Championship namely Mahmoud Salama, Mohamed Ali, Aleksei Butorin, Michael Pasternak, Vitaly Bigdash, Alain Ngalani, Alexandre Machado, Ken Hasegawa, Mohammad Karaki, Brandon Vera and Leandro Ataides. Hasegawa lost to Aung twice.
Born in Dublin, Georgia, USA, Johnson attended Lassen College in Susanville, California, USA on a wrestling scholarship. He made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007.
On May 7, 2021, Johnson knocked out José Augusto Azevedo at “Bellator 258” in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA. It was the Dublin native’s last MMA bout, which improved his professional MMA record to 23 wins and 6 losses.