DaMarques Johnson has been cut by the UFC after losing a third straight scrap, Tweeting “And the hits keep on coming … no longer a UFC fighter.”
Johnson (16–12) last fought UFC newcomer Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1) at UFC on Fuel 5 and was submitted in the first round via Rear-Naked Choke. However, rather than a standard match-up, “Darkness” offered to take the fight against Nelson when original opponent Pascal Krauss was injured less than two weeks before the fight. The two competitors agreed to a catchweight of 175 pounds based on the short turnaround time, but Johnson still came in seven ticks heavy come showtime. In fact, many thought Johnson shouldn’t have even been allowed to fight Nelson because he was knocked clean out by Mike Swick in early August.
Johnson was one of the last two men standing in his division on The Ultimate Fighter 9 but fell short at the finale. With the loss this weekend in Minnesota, Johnson leaves the promotion with a UFC record of 4-6.
While it’s certainly a setback, fans of Johnson can at least take solace in the knowledge that he plans to keep on fighting.
“Thanks for the love from the fans. Its a small detour. Not the end of the road. I got brains in my head and feet in my shoes,” posted Johnson on Twitter in a follow-up message to his earlier statement.
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