Former UFC welterweight/middleweight/light heavyweight Anthony Johnson has signed with Titan Fighting, according to the man himself. He announced the signing on today's edition of The MMA Hour with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, and his first fight will be on May 25th in Kansas City. He does not have an opponent as of yet. Here's what he had to say:
"I'm going to fight a few times and eventually come back," he said. "There's a time for everything and right now just isn't my time to be with the UFC. But when my time comes again, if that's what UFC wants, you know I'm there."
Johnson was released by the UFC after failing to make weight in a UFC 142 bout against Vitor Belfort, despite a move up to middleweight for the matchup. It was the third time he had missed weight in his 11 bouts under the UFC banner, with the first two coming at welterweight. Rumble wouldn't really elaborate on the "medical condition" that led him to miss by 12 pounds, but he did state that his future is at middleweight.
One possible opponent for Johnson could be former UFC middleweight Jorge Santiago, who recently signed with Titan and won his first bout by knockout on March 2nd. They both train at Imperial Athletics though, so that seems unlikely.