With three finishes in his first three pro fights, light-heavyweight up-and-comer Jordan Johnson had built up a good deal of momentum heading into 2016.
So far this year, Johnson has been able to keep his momentum going, with back-to-back finishes over Ryan Debelak in April and Shaun Asher in June, both under the RFA banner.
“I got to fight Ryan, who was an undefeated fighter, so it was awesome to go in there and hand him his first loss in under a minute,” Johnson told MMAWeekly.com. “In the fight against Shawn, that was the first fight I ever had that went out of the first round. It was a good fight for building experience for myself.”
Since joining the RFA just over a year ago, Johnson has worked his way up from the preliminary card to a main event fight. For Johnson however, regardless of his position on a card, he still approaches his bouts the same way.
“Whether it’s a parking lot or a world title fight, it’s all the same, at the end of the day a fight’s a fight,” said Johnson. “They are giving me the last fight of the promotion (prior to the merger with Legacy FC), so I’m very honored that I have this opportunity.”
On Friday, Johnson (5-0) will get his first opportunity to fight for a major championship when he takes on Lemarcus Tucker (5-1) in a light heavyweight main event title bout at RFA 46 in Branson, Mo., the promotion’s final event before merging with Legacy FC in 2017.
“(Tucker is) a professional boxer, and I know my striking has been criticized, but if you look at the way I fight, I drop everybody, I just happen to get finishes with submissions,” Johnson said. “If I get in there and knock him out, I think it looks pretty good on my resume, so I’d like to knock him out. “
Having built his career over the past couple years, Johnson believes he’s ready to take the next step up in 2017.
“Just beating Lamarcus is what I’m worrying about, but I would like to go on to the UFC after this fight,” said Johnson. “I think I’ve taken the right fights, and I’ll have this title, and I plan to step it up in 2017. I’ve got one fight right now, though, and that’s all I’m really worrying about.”