Johnson has been released by the UFC following his Sept. 29
submission defeat to Gunnar
UFC on Fuel TV 5. The welterweight announced the news via
Twitter late Monday night.
“And the hits keep on coming,” Johnson wrote. “No longer a UFC
Johnson, 30, has lost four of his last five fights, with three of
those defeats coming in recent succession. “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 9 runner-up earned victories over Edgar
Guymon and Clay
Harvison during his three years with the Las Vegas-based
All three of Johnson’s recent defeats were recorded this year, as
the 27-fight veteran began 2012 with an April submission defeat to
British talent John
Maguire before suffering a devastating second-round knockout at
the hands of returning Octagon staple Mike Swick on
Aug. 4 at UFC on Fox 4.
Johnson accepted his UFC on Fuel TV 5 bout with Nelson on short
notice, filling in for an injured Pascal
Krauss. Though the bout was supposed to take place at a
175-pound catch-weight, Johnson came in heavy at 183 pounds.
Nevertheless, the fight was given the green light, and Nelson
wasted no time in taking Johnson to the mat at Capital FM Arena in
Nottingham, England. The Icelander then avoided an omoplata attempt
and captured Johnson’s back, cinching a rear-naked choke and
forcing Johnson to tap at 3:34 of the opening frame.