After rumours aplenty surfaced around the internet, it has now been confirmed that Anthony Johnson will be returning to the UFC after a six fight win streak, the last three coming inside the WSOF cage. Johnson spent most of his UFC career at welterweight, with his last fight in his deal being booked as a middleweight bout with Vitor Belfort (though Johnson failed to make weight). The weight cut issues were what led to his UFC release, but now, after fighting at both light heavyweight and heavyweight elsewhere, he will be returning to the promotion in a 205 lbs division that lacks contenders.
Johnson is being thrown to the wolves straight away, fighting the man ranked #4 in Phil ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Davis, who is coming off the most impressive (albeit controversial) win of his career against Lyoto Machida. Davis also has wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alexander Gustafsson and Brian Stann amongst others, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with at 205. Mr. Wonderful has only lost one fight in his career, which came against top contender Rashad Evans in a fight many saw as a learning experience for the American. Now three in a row, a win over Johnson may be all it takes for Davis to get a shot at the light heavyweight belt.
Anthony Johnson has fought in the UFC eleven times and holds a 4-7 record inside the Octagon, but he will now compete in a new division after reviving his career in other promotions. He was always a huge welterweight and even struggled to make weight at middleweight, but now rejuvenating himself at light heavyweight, weight cutting issues shouldn’t occur. Inside the UFC cage, Johnson garnered wins over the likes of Dan Hardy and Charlie Brenneman, and he notched wins over DJ Linderman, Mike Kyle and Andrei Arlovski under the WSOF banner. The latter of the three was in the heavyweight division, an astonishing revelation considering he weighed in 60 pounds lighter at one point in time.
The fight goes down at UFC 172, and will most likely serve as the card’s co main event. The card is headlined by the light heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira and takes place at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, MD on April 26.