Former UFC fighter Anthony Johnson is ready to test his meddle at a new weight class as he makes his light heavyweight debut at Titan Fighting 24 in late August.

Johnson first revealed his move to 205lbs when talking to MMAWeekly.com earlier this month, and now his first fight in the new division has been booked.

The former welterweight and middleweight contender will face veteran Esteves Jones at Titan Fighting 24, which airs live on AXS TV on Friday, August 24.

“I’m excited to make my light heavyweight debut on August 24 in Kansas City for all the Titan Championship fans,” said Johnson. “I respect my opponent, but he’s in my way to get to the top of this new division. I’m looking forward to showing everyone my strength and power at 205, and exactly what I am capable of at this weight.”

Johnson moves up to light heavyweight after his lone fight in Titan Fighting where he defeated fellow former UFC competitor David Branch earlier this summer.

Also added to the Titan Fighting 24 card is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Braulio Estima, who makes his MMA debut on the upcoming show.

While Estima is considered one of the top grapplers in the world, he came into the MMA spotlight recently when he accepted a jiu-jitsu match with UFC bad boy Nick Diaz. Unfortunately, Diaz ultimately no showed the event and Estima went without a grappling match that night, but the exposure definitely didn’t hurt his introduction to MMA fans.

Now Estima moves into the world of mixed martial arts after a highly decorated career in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and makes his debut against Chris Holland.

Holland popped into the spotlight recently as well with a big TKO win over former UFC and Pride fighter Phil Baroni.

Also on the Titan Fighting 24 card, Team Blackzilian up and comer Junior Karanta takes on Matt Uhde in an undercard bout.

More fights for the Titan Fighting 24 card will be announced int eh coming weeks.

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