Life after the UFC will begin in May for Anthony Johnson.
The former UFC welterweight contender has signed with the upstart Titan Fighting Championship and will make his debut for the organization on Friday, May 25. No opponent has been signed for Johnson just yet.
However, just because Johnson, who was released from the UFC in January following his UFC 142 loss to Vitor Belfort, has signed with another organization, doesn't mean his goal isn't to fight inside the Octagon once again.
"I'm going to fight a few times and eventually come back," he said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour. "There's a time for everything and right now just isn't my time to be with the UFC. But when my time comes again, if that's what UFC wants, you know I'm there."
Johnson was set to make his middleweight debut against Belfort in Brazil, however, after he tipped the scales at 197 pounds -- 11 pounds over the middleweight limit -- it appeared as though his days of fighting in the UFC were numbered. His uninspired loss to Belfort the following night then sealed his fate.
"Some things just weren’t clicking like they were supposed to click," Johnson said when asked why he failed to make weight. "You obviously saw the result by me missing weight and stuff, but I’m not living off that. It's still fresh in my mind. That time period in my life is a big letdown because I let myself down more than I let anyone else down. I remember every single day of that week and how it was just not a good week. But it’s over with now. That was in January, this is March. I’m not worried about it anymore, I've just got to keep looking forward."
Johnson says his days of fighting as a welterweight are over, and that's good news considering he missed weight twice as 170-pounder in the UFC. He will not consider fighting as a light heavyweight and is also not looking to prove any of his critics wrong.
"People can say what they want to say," he said. "I don't care. I’m still going to be me, I’m still going to fight hard, I'm still going to do the best I can. So what am I supposed to say? Am I supposed to pay attention to those people?"
The 28-year-old Johnson (10-4) said he would be working with a nutritionist in the weeks leading up to his next fight. He added that he currently walks around at around 215 pounds.
Johnson's debut for TFC will take place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
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