Anthony Johnson’s first fight since being cut from the UFC will take place May 25 for Titan Fighting Championship against Dave Branch. The bout will serve as the main event from Memorial Hall in Kansas City. HDNet will televise the night’s main card.

Johnson (10-4) is regarded as one of the top middleweight prospects in the world but has struggled to make weight in the past. After missing the mark for a January co-main event match with Vitor Belfort, UFC President Dana White axed “Rumble” from the company.

“I have a lot of respect for Branch for taking this fight, but it doesn’t really matter who’s in the cage with me, because the fight’s going to end the same way – with him on the floor and me standing up,” explained Johnson.

Branch (8-2) is a student of Renzo Gracie’s and a three-time Pan American champion in BJJ. He competed four times in the UFC, going 2-2 with wins over Rich Attonito and Tomasz Drwal, and won his past two bouts since leaving the UFC following a loss to Rousimar Palhares.


MMATraining Take: If “Rumble” can show that he can successfully make the middleweight limit, it is likely that the UFC would look at taking him back, or possibly bringing him in to Strikeforce if he has success in companies like Titan FC. However, Johnson must be careful, as he will be facing a dangerous foe in Branch, who has previous UFC experience of his own.