After a three-fight losing streak DaMarques Johnson has been cut by the UFC. The welterweight fighter joined the promotion back in 2009 after placing as runner-up in season 9 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show. The organisation decided to let Johnson go following his recent loss to Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham, England.
News of the release was confirmed by Johnson today via his Twitter page saying:
And the hits keep on coming… No longer a UFC fighter.
— DaMarques Johnson (@DaMarques_UFC) October 9, 2012
Johnson took the fight against Gunnar Nelson as a short notice replacement, with the bout signed as a 175-pound catchweight fight. DaMarques actually failed to make weight coming in at 183 pounds, but was still allowed to compete. He ended up losing to Nelson via first round submission and now finds himself without a job.
DaMarques had built up a UFC record of 4-6, defeating Edgar Garcia, Brad Blackburn, Mike Guymon and Clay Harvison. Against Garcia he earned “Submission of the Night” honors and also picked up “Knockout of the Night” honors for his KO victory over Blackburn. Johnson hit a skid at the start of 2012, after dropping a second round submission loss to John Maguire at UFC on FUEL TV 2 in April, and a second round knockout loss against Mike Swick in August.
At this stage it is not clear what Johnson plans to do next, but I am sure we will see more of him in the future.
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