UFC just signed a guy with the most padded record we’ve ever seen

Fight a bunch of these and you too could possibly get a UFC contract!
Fight a bunch of these and you too could possibly get a UFC contract!

Twenty-six-year-old Californian Lightweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (9-0) has been signed by the UFC to take on fellow newcomer Jake Matthews (4-0) on June 28th at UFC Fight Night 43 in Aukland, New Zealand.

Both guys come in with perfect records, but once I started looking at just who Johnson had fought, and what their records were, I was quite surprised at what I found.

First of all, all nine of Johnson’s pro bouts were fought in the Xplode Fight Series organization in California. That got me curious, then when I clicked on each of his opponents, here’s what I found (from first to last):

  • Tommy Franklin (0-1) – Nov. 2012
  • Jordan Delano (0-11) – Jan. 2013
  • Kenneth Johnson (0-1) – March 2013
  • Randall Adams (0-1) – May 2013
  • Phelan Fleming (0-7) – June 2013
  • Kenny Kilgore (1-5) – July 2013
  • Brady Harrison (12-11) – Sept. 2013
  • Ray Carter (0-2) – Jan. 2014
  • Jordan Delano (0-11) – March 2014

Only two of his opponents have ever won a fight at all!!

According to Sherdog, Johnson fights out of Team Xplode MMA, and all of his bouts were in the Xplode Fight Series. These are owned by the same people. See what’s going on here? They also have a management company.

All eight of the opponents Johnson finished were in the first round.

Johnson’s most recent fight was in March of this year and he was matched against a guy who he’d already beaten a year earlier, who now had a 0-10 record — and Johnson was 8-0 this time around. What kind of matchmaking is this? What commission would even sanction this — oh wait, it looks like these fights take place on the San Pasqual Reservation… hmmm… this whole thing seems fishy.

Maybe Johnson is legit, he may very well be a world beater, but that can’t be determined from who he’s fought so far, and where he’s fought so far. Let’s be honest.

Are you surprised the UFC is signing guys like this, or is just about numbers on paper?

Go take a look at this Team Xplode MMA and the records of the opponents they fought when they fought in the Xplode Fight Series. You can make your own conclusions.

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  • Rhadi Bullard Ferguson Phd

    That guy has a very SMART manager!!

  • In The Know

    That Guys NEW manager is the same as Jon Jones Manager. He was signed to fight James Moontasri (6-1) at RFA 15 before getting signed

  • Dick Gozenya

    This is old news to me. MOST fighters who are walking around with perfect records have been hand fed opponents. For the most part, they practice on these tomato cans, get good along the way tooling them up, and then find themselves in a top place like the UFC. What’s sad is you can have a guy with a 40-1 record fighting a debut guy, and they’ll get the fight beaten right out of them because they never had the chance to work up thru the ranks. Instead, you have those guys sitting up, taking on all new comers, and just padding their record to boost stats. That being said, Sherdog is the WORST place to find ones complete MMA record.

  • Apollo Creed

    Do you think this is unique to this fighter or fighters in general? Take a look at Mike Tysons first 12 fights. It was full of cans. Do you make mention that Dashon, during this time fought 7 high level pro boxing fights of which he knocked out the number 10 middleweight, at the time, in the world? He also fought on the Timothy Bradley card in San Antonio! You can not tell me that the UFC doesn’t use their own select Tomato cans to pad their PPV Favorites so they can make money. Its called the entertainment business and MMA is still entertainment. BTW I looked at the Xplode Team and I see Robbie Peralta and Derek Anderson both which are high ranked fighters in the UFC and Bellator. Johnson is 9-0 with fresh legs and fast hands. Lets see if that can carry him! And for the record I have counted over 24 + guys that are now in the UFC, Bellator, WSOF that have come from XFS and their Amateur program is considered one of the top proving grounds in the US. You might want to give those guys a break since they are willing to put their money up to help fighters compete in a tough economy. Any arm chair quarterback can write and article and try to create controversy!

  • Fightphile

    Do any other sites have more complete profiles for fighters online? I’d love to know about it!

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  • ThinkAboutIt

    12 boxing matches does not equal 12 mma fights. Boxers often obtain records into the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and on. Even a vetern MMA fighter may have under 20 bouts on his total record. So yeah, it’s not the same.

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  • PLATA-O-PLOMO

    Well At Least He FINISHED ALL of THE TOMATO CANS In ROUND 1 … EXCEPT 1 of Them & THE 1 He Didnt FINISH Has a 12 – 11 RECORD & That OPPONENT Has a GOOD CHIN & GOOD PUNCHING POWER Because He Has Only LOST By SUBMISSION or DECISION & has 4 KO/TKO WINS

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  • Sökerpunch

    Wow, this guy is going to get squashed in the Lightweight division.
    UFC probably signed him to be a can.

  • Now they wouldn’t do that would they Sokerpunch? Cagepotato has more on the situation here: http://www.cagepotato.com/ufc-signee-dashon-johnson-xplode-fight-series-and-the-practice-of-padding-records-to-produce-talent/

  • Sökerpunch

    Jesus. There are so many fighters with records varying from decent to excellent in my country, just waiting for a chance…
    This is just atrocious.

  • Jeffrey

    Find it very hard to believe thats legit just because I have 5 amateur fights and 2 professional fights in Ohio and our AC has rejected my fights when their were too much of a disparity of the W:L ratios .. can’t see a 6-0 guys fighting a 0-11 guy just don’t see it.. if its true then CSAC sucks ass.

  • It’s on an Indian Reservation.

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  • kneesus

    What a revelation. You learned how to Google a fighter’s past opponents and they were all tomato cans. Wow! What a surprise! I bet no fighter in history has ever done that.

  • kneesus

    Boxrec is great for boxers. Not sure about the MMA equivalent.