Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will begin the next phase of his post-UFC career in 2012 with Titan Fighting Championships.
The former UFC welterweight and middleweight hopeful has signed with the promotion and will debut there later this year. Sources close to the promotion confirmed the signing to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. The fighter first revealed the news on “The MMA Hour.”
Johnson was a mainstay in the UFC for several years, picking up more than a few key wins including victories over Dan Hardy and Charlie Brenneman, but it was not without a few hiccups along the way.
Johnson struggled to keep his weight in check when he was making the cut down to 170 pounds, and because of his massive frame he missed weight on more than one occasion.
The UFC believed they found the answer for Johnson’s weight cutting woes by placing him in a middleweight bout against Vitor Belfort at UFC 140, but that backfired as well.
Johnson missed the 186-pound cutoff for the middleweight division as well, and following a loss to Belfort at the event, he was released from the promotion.
Now the fighter who trains with the Blackzilians will make his first appearance for the Kansas City based promotion, whose shows air on HDNet.
There’s been no official word on which weight class Johnson will compete in at this time.