How Anthony Johnson's Retirement Effects The UFC

Following his second UFC Light Heavyweight Championship loss to Daniel Cormier Saturday in Buffalo, the UFC's hardest hitter decided to call it quits. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson fell victim to a rear naked choke in the second round, and announced his retirement during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. While of course the loss of the division's most exciting fighter is disappointing, it causes even more problems for the UFC...

In a division that is already lacking depth, the loss of a top 3 fighter may put the division in emergency mode. With the return of Jon Jones looming, as well as the liklihood of him recapturing the title, the 205 lb weight class is almost completely out of marketable fights. While Cormier has yet to face off against Teixeira, Manuwa or Shogun, the drawing power of any of those matchups is probably not enough to headline a UFC PPV. If Jones does regain the championship he never lost, the only top 5 light heavyweight he has yet to face is Jimi Manuwa. While a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson is intriguing, it may be the only formidable challenge left in the division for Jones. It's a problem that isn't an easy fix, and without a sudden influx of prospects, it would seem that the division could soon be completely dead...

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