Tony Johnson Jr. has been a name thrown around for years as a heavyweight prospect, the only problem is he hasn’t fought since 2011. It’s been almost two years since his last bout, and it’s not Johnson’s fault. The fault lies in the hands of Bellator and their release clause.
“I haven’t fought since 2011 because of contract issues with Bellator who had a matching release clause and would not release me from contract,” Johnson said.
Trying to make up for the lost time, Johnson signed up for a Singapore based promotion, ONE FC. “I signed to ONE FC because my manager and I heard nothing but great things about this organization and also it gives me an opportunity to do some traveling.”
Johnson’s debut fight will be at ONE FC’s “Rise to Power” against Tim Sylvia. Johnson’s record is 6-1 with the one loss being against Daniel Cormier. But, don’t think Johnson’s been laying around on his time off. He’s been training hard with the only man thats beaten him, Cormier.
“I train with SUCO and AKA. My training partners are Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Todd Duffy and others. Great team, great coaches, great management. Couldn’t ask for more.”
ONE FC is in its infancy, but with contenders like Sylvia, Rolles Gracie, Paul Cheng and now Johnson, you can bet there’s going to be plenty of opportunities for potential.
“Now that I am signed with ONE FC I hope to fight regularly, hopefully every couple months. I would like to stay busy. and I am hoping to fight for the ONE FC title. I will take it one fight at a time.”