It was just over two years ago when the ferocious knockout artist retired from the sport following a loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210. Since that time, Johnson has gotten involved in several businesses, and even worked as an ambassador for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships, but he recently decided to end his retirement while declaring his intention to return to the Octagon.

Johnson actually credits a recent heavyweight title fight as the ultimate motivation to get him back in action with plans to return to fighting early next year.

While he has competed in every division from 170 pounds all the way up to 205 pounds in the , Johnson decided that heavyweight was the division that actually needed him the most this time around.

For his part, Johnson would definitely be interested in a showdown with Ngannou but only under the right set of circumstances where both athletes would truly benefit from a fight of that magnitude.

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