The UFC has added more depth to one of their deepest divisions. The world’s largest MMA organization has just signed former IFL fallout John “Doomsday” Howard to a four-fight contract. The 10-4 welterweight has shown explosive ground skills in his past fights, submitting six of his previous opponents.
Howard’s manager, Joshua Benton of Strategic Sports Management, confirmed Howard’s signing with MMAJunkie.com.
“The UFC doesn’t have a division more difficult than 170,” Benton told the website.
Benton assured UFC fans that Howard is no longer just a ground fighter, and the countless hours that Howard has been spending in the gym will pay off. Benton claims that his client will prove to the MMA world that his overall game will earn him a title shot one day.
“He’s been fighting and training for a very long time,” Benton said. “Over the past couple of years, his Muay Thai has gotten really good. His boxing has gotten good. For a long time, he was considered a ground fighter, but he’s transitioned into a good stand-up fighter, too.”
Benton believes that Howard will be making his Octagon debut at UFC 94 on January 31st.