Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has a new home. And now, the former UFC middleweight has a date for his first fight since being released by the UFC.
Johnson will take on David Branch in the main event of Titan Fighting Championship 22 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City. The show will be broadcast live on HDNet and takes place May 25.
Johnson (10-4) was on his way to becoming a contender in the UFC before constant struggles to make weight brought him down. In his last fight, “Rumble” was well over the middleweight limit, and UFC president Dana White cut him following a loss to Vitor Belfort. Branch (8-2) is also an ex-UFC fighter, going 2-2 during his time with the company. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon is happy to have both set to fight for TFC.
“Dave Branch vs. Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson is the kind of matchmaking that makes Titan Fighting Championship one of the premier MMA organizations in the world,” said Andrew Simon, HDNet Fights CEO, in a recent press release. “Both of these guys have something to prove and they know a win on HDNet puts them back into the conversation of the top MMA middleweights.”
Branch will have everything to gain and nothing to lose in his bout, so Johnson needs to be prepared to finish things early. The longer the fight goes, the more likely Johnson is to tire out and wear down, leaving the three-time Pan American champion with the chance he needs.
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