He's not the most famous Johnson that UFC ever had under contract.
Not Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, or even "Big" Lavar Johnson, but Dashon Johnson was once a promising mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter from Escondido, California, who was 9-0 as a pro.
Two straight losses seemed to be reason enough for UFC to cut him and have him rebuild his career on the regional circuit, but new reasons for his release have emerged. Johnson was originally on the outs following a first-round submission to Godofredo Pepey in Brazil, but it appears Johnson's boxing career was the real problem.
While under contract to ZUFFA, Johnson took a boxing match in Tacoma, Washington, as a late replacement, ultimately losing a 10-round decision to Louis Rose. While his MMA record is still fairly impressive, even with the two losses, his pro boxing record of 15-17-3 doesn't return the same curb appeal.
More importantly, UFC says it violated the terms of his deal.
"UFC athletes are permitted to take part in grappling competitions so long as they provide notice to our matchmakers. We do not permit our athletes to take part in striking competitions while under contract."
If Johnson works his way back to UFC for a second stint, he'll have to rethink whether or not he wants to take any more boxing matches on short notice, particularly since his lackluster record in the "sweet science" won't advance his MMA career.