Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Anthony Johnson is now 2-0 as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter after getting his ZUFFA pink slip and signing with the Titan Fighting Championship promotion.
"Rumble" blasted his way to a first round technical knockout (TKO) win over Arizona's Esteves Jones in his light heavyweight debut as one half of the Titan FC 24 main event last Friday night (Aug. 24, 2012) in Kansas City, Kansas.
Takedown, mount, bombs.
Johnson, who moved up to 205-pounds after his weigh-cutting snafu against Dave Branch last May, was swinging with bad intentions right out of the gate, putting "Quiet Riot" into defense mode until the fight went south, where Jones proceeded to block punches with his chin.
From there, it was academic.
The Blackzilian was booted from the UFC after repeatedly missing weight, most recently against Vitor Belfort at the UFC 142 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in January. "The Phenom" nevertheless agreed to the bout in "Rio" and made his opponent pay for the transgression with a first round submission (rear naked choke) finish.
Johnson is clearly back on his feet and looks much healthier at his natural weight, but the question still remains, where does he go from here?
Full Titan FC 24 results and recap here.