Anthony Johnson will make his Titan FC debut this May to headline Titan Fighting Championship 22. The former UFC fighter will face a yet to be signed opponent, in his Spring debut. Tune into HDNet for a live showing of Titan FC 22 on May 25, to catch the card, or attend the event in person at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson (10-4-0) was recently let go from the UFC after having difficulties making weight for several bouts. It was his fight against Vitor Belfort, in which he made the move to middleweight, that sealed the fate of his UFC career. Having missed his middleweight mark on Jan. 14 at UFC 142 in Brazil the fight became a 197-pound catch-weight. UFC President, Dana White, then announced, shortly there after, that the organization would be parting ways with Johnson.
‘Rumble’ Johnson seems excited, though, for his new home at Titan Fighting Championship. In a post found at TitanFighting.com the former UFC talent had this to say:
I’m back, and I’m fighting May 25 with Titan Fighting Championship, 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. I received offers from all over the world, and after a lot of consideration, my manager Glenn Robinson and I settled on Titan because it’s a good promotion, but more importantly it’s run by really good people,” said Johnson.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has been let go from the UFC after having failed to make weight at his last bout, against Vitor Belfort at UFC 142. It’s no surprise to many fight fans, that Rumble will not continue fighting for the big venue, as this is his third time missing weight during UFC weigh ins. Johnson stepped on the scales an astonishing eleven pounds over the middleweight division limit, making him closer to a light heavyweight.
This being Johnsons third time missing weight didn’t seem to help his chances with job retention to say the least. What could have saved Johnson’s job? Maybe a starter would be to win the fight that he never even dropped the weight for. Unfortunately for Johnson Vitor Belfort had other plans. Good luck to you Johnson, maybe get a camp with better nutritionists, or find some self restraint, but whatever it is we’d like to see you continue fighting.
Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
Jose Aldo retains his belt after a spectacular finish. A knee to challenger Chad Mendes’ face ends the night for the young fighter, as a first round KO is on the books with only one second remaining in the round.
Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
It appears that no matter what weight class Johnson is officially going to be classified he still can’t edge out a win over crowd favorite Vitor Belfort. Belfort wins the fight via rear naked choke in the first round with only eleven seconds left.
Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Massenzio
A Palhares heal hook puts an end to Mike Massenzio early in the first round as Massenzio taps with only a minute and three seconds passing.
Erick Silva vs Carlos Prater
Carlos Prater is the winner of this match, due to a controversial call by UFC referee Mario Yamasaki. The official decision comes early in the first round where Silva is disqualified due to strikes to the back of his opponents head.
Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim
Barboza wins this fight in spectacular fashion as a spinning wheel kick lands flush on Etim ending the fight in the third round by way of knockout. This one will surely make the highlight reels.
UFC 142 kicks off with the official weigh ins, readying for the card to begin tomorrow, live on pay per view, from Rio de Janeiro.
It appears that Anthony Johnson was not able to make weight at the official weigh in coming in at 196lbs. That’s eleven pounds over the division limit in which he was attempting to cut to. Which leaves us wondering, what will this result in for the young fighter?
The co main event in UFC 142 appears as though it could become a real barn burner for fans of the sport. The former light heavyweight belt holder Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (20-9), will battle it out with new middleweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (10-3). Anthony Johnson has finally made the move up from welterweight after having struggled to make the cut in the past.
Fighting in Vitor’s home country can not be an advantage that Johnson is looking forward to but we have no concerns about him being prepared.
In this fight there are two excellent strikers that pack dynamite in their gloves. The question then becomes, if these two fighters nullify each others striking skills, who will hold the advantage on the mat. That is where much of the excitement of this fight could end up taking place. In Vitor Belfort we have a black belt in BJJ and Anthony Johnson is a world class wrestler. So will the fight end up in a knock out? Will Vitor be able to submit the young wrestler? Or will Anthony Johnson be able to posture up in Vitor’s guard and employ his ground and pound? Leave your comments below and be sure to tune into UFC 142 this Saturday 1/14/2012.