The next time a UFC fighter on the cusp of being cut is offered an opportunity to take a tilt without a full camp to prepare it appears he should only look as far as the case of DaMarques Johnson if needing a reason to turn the fight down. Johnson stepped up to take on newcomer Gunnar Nelson at UFC on Fuel 5 with less than two weeks to prepare for the bout even though he’d suffered a brutal knockout loss to Mike Swick a little more than a month prior.
In the end, a relatively out-of-shape Johnson was choked out in the opening round. However, instead of rewarding the 30-year old for his heart, the UFC has instead decided to hand him his walking papers based on the stumble being his third straight.
“And the hits keep on coming… No longer a UFC fighter,” wrote Johnson on Twitter.
Before his recent skid, the 15-12 Johnson went 4-2 in six fights after coming up short against James Wilks when the two squared off for the title of TUF champion at the Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in 2009. All of his wins inside the Octagon involved some form of finish, as did all of his losses, giving testament to Johnson’s desire to throw down rather than play it safe.
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