Martin McNeil for SB Nation
Despite a three-fight losing streak and a generally terrible record with the UFC, DaMarques Johnson may not be facing the firing squad just yet.
Last night (Sat., Sept. 29, 2012) at UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic" in Nottingham, England, DaMarques Johnson was choked out by Octagon debutant Gunnar Nelson in the very first round of their 183-pound catchweight bout.
That's 183-pounds because Johnson missed weight ... badly.
The two had initially agreed to a 175-pound catchweight because "The Darkness" was agreeing to step in for an injured Pascal Krauss on short notice, just under two months removed from his last bout, a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Mike Swick at UFC on Fox 4: "Shogun vs. Vera."
That means Johnson has now lost three fights in a row, the last of which he came in badly overweight for. About his missing weight, UFC President Dana White had the following to say:
"It pisses Joe Silva off and you don't want to do that. You're a professional. If you say you're going to make weight, you make weight. You know we don't like that. It's never good."
Combining the three straight losses with the weight issues -- and this is not the first time this has happened -- Johnson is as good as gone, right?
Not so fast.
As noted previously, he was doing the promotion a solid when he accepted this bout, one he probably never should have been allowed to compete in in the first place. This loss isn't as bad as it looks on the surface but a deeper look at his record reveals a history of underachievement.
His record in the UFC? An uninspiring 4-6. What's worse, all four of those victories came against fighters who are no longer employed by the company.
Still, he holds value as a former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant who made it to the finals and he's always game for a scrap, even to his own detriment. That puts the UFC in a precarious position.
To release or not to release? What would you do, Maniacs?