Middleweight Anthony Johnson, cut by the UFC after missing weight for his UFC 142 bout against Vitor Belfort by 11 pounds, will face fellow UFC vet Dave Branch in a middleweight bout at Titan Fighting Championships 22 on May 25. The fight will live air on HDNet at 10 p.m. ET. Titan FC CEO Joe Kelly announced the fight last night.
"Anthony Johnson and David Branch are two of the most aggressive, powerful and athletic middleweights in the world, and to have this as the main event of Titan 22 is a defining moment for this brand," said Kelly. "Titan 22 is going to end with Rumble vs. Branch, but wait until you see the fights leading up to it, there will be more familiar faces and I will be announcing more incredible matchups soon."
"David Branch versus Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is the kind of matchmaking that makes Titan Fighting Championship one of the premier MMA organizations in the world," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "Both of these guys have something to prove and they know a win on HDNet puts them right back into the conversation of the top MMA middleweights."
Johnson (10-4, 7-4 UFC) mostly fought in the UFC at welterweight where he had repeated problems making the 170lb limit. He hoped to put the weight cutting issues behind him by moving up to the 185lb middleweight class but his weight-making troubles followed him to the new division.
Branch (10-2, 2-2 UFC) is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie and is 2-0 since being cut by the Big Show.