After missing weight badly for a co-main event fight with Vitor Belfort, and being defeated by Belfort in the process, the UFC released Johnson.
Now, with a new contract in a new promotion, Johnson is preparing to embark on a new life in Titan Fighting Championship. He’ll make his debut for the company on May 25 against Dave Branch in the main event of Titan Fighting Championship 22, which will be televised live on HDNet.
“I can’t hold on to the past or my mistakes,” said Johnson, in a recent interview with MMA Junkie. “I’ve got to learn from them and keep moving. I can’t let that stuff haunt me because once it haunts you, I don’t think you’ll ever get over it.”
In Branch, Johnson will be facing a former UFC fighter, as well. Having experienced what competing inside the Octagon is all about, however, does leave “Rumble” wanting that sensation yet again down the road.
“My ultimate goal is to get back in the UFC, but I’m with Titan right now, so I can’t think about anything else,” Johnson said. “I’ve just got to think about who I’m with and who I have to compete against.”
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