Former UFC star Anthony Johnson (Pictured) has found a new home. The controversial middleweight has signed a deal to join Titan Fighting Championships.
“Rumble” will make his promotional debut on May 25th at “Titan Fighting 22.” The organization is currently searching for an opponent.
“I’m back and I couldn’t be more thrilled to headline this event for all the fans in Kansas City and watching that night live on HDNet,” said Johnson. “I am so pumped to be fighting again, and I’m ready to take on whatever 185-pounder they put in front of me.”
UFC president Dana White lambasted Johnson in January for missing weight in his UFC 142 shootout against Vitor Belfort. For a non-title middleweight affair, fighters are allowed to weigh a maximum of 186 pounds, which is exactly what Belfort checked in at. Johnson weighed in at an astonishing 197 pounds.
It was the third time in Johnson’s 11 trips to the UFC’s scales that he missed the mark. The veteran weighed 177.5 pounds in his September 2007 contest against Rich Clementi and was 176 pounds for his October 2009 scrap with Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Both welterweight bouts were fought at catchweights based off Johnson’s respective weight.
White immediately fired the 28-year-old after getting submitted by Belfort. Johnson owns a 10-4 professional record and posted a 7-4 mark for the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.