Anthony Johnson is choosing the cannabis business after retirement

Johnson retired last month after defeat to Daniel Cormier in their light-heavyweight title fight

BY Cian Roche 18:00 Tuesday 16 May 2017, 18:00 16 May 2017

Picture by: Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP/Press Association Images

Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson revealed that he has chosen to pursue a career in the cannabis industry after retiring from the UFC.

The former light-heavyweight title contender retired last month after suffering defeat to Daniel Cormier, his second to the reigning 205lbs champion in two years.

Speaking to the 'Heated Conversations' podcast with former WWE wrestler Booker T, Johnson said he had the plan in his head for quite some time.

"My friend Paul, he’s in cannabis, we’re opening up a facility," he said. "It’s for medical uses.

"We’re getting in that way. We’ve got some good things going on. It’s already big. We’re just waiting on that law to pass and whenever it passes, we’re golden. We’re playing our cards right. We’re playing by the books so that way there is no issues. We’re good to go."

Johnson said it was an obvious choice to swap profession, for both the financial reward and the dimished risk of physical harm.

"If you can find a job or anything that will help you grow or make even more money without doing near as much as you were doing before, especially if it’s causing bodily harm like in your previous job, jump on board for something that’s better. That’s what I’m doing."

Johnson was on a hot-streak heading into his title fight with Cormier, knocking out three top contenders - Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira - before falling short in his title fight in Buffalo.

Daniel Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson in the second round of their main event light-heavyweight title fight in April. The fight turned out to be Rumble's last. Image:  Mike Mastrandrea/Zuma Press/PA Images

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