Just a few short days after SciFighting ran a piece highlighting WSOF light heavyweight Anthony Johnson’s presence at UFC 169, the former UFC welterweight has re-signed with the promotion.
His first fight has also been booked as Johnson (16-4) will take on top-10 contender Phil Davis (12-1, 1 NC).
Johnson left the promotion in 2012, Johnson has gone undefeated in six straight victories including wins over Dave Branch, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, and most recently, a knockout win over Mike Kyle.
He was promised a title shot in the WSOF with a win over Kyle but given the friendly relationship between the WSOF and the UFC, the departure of Johnson carries no malice.
He has now found a home in the heavier weight divisions where he has retained his speed and power and won’t have to face serious medical repercussions with his dramatic weight cuts in the past.
The news was made official by a tweet sent out by UFC president Dana White:
Riding a six fight win streak, Anthony Johnson will make his UFC return against #4 ranked light heavyweight Phil Davis at UFC 172
— Dana White (@danawhite) February 4, 2014
His opponent Phil Davis is far from anything resembling what a tune-up fight might be. The #4 ranked light heavyweight took his first professional loss to Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 2 and used it for motivation to win his next three bouts (One was a rematch after a NC with Wagner Prado after an eye poke). His last bout was a controversial decision win over Lyoto Machida which is the biggest feather in his cap apart from being the first person to defeat Alexander Gustafsson although that was several years back.
UFC 172 takes place in Baltimore, Maryland at the aptly named Baltimore Arena, on April 26th. It is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.
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