MMA Union Supporter Released From UFC Roster

MMA Union supporter Kajan Johnson announced his UFC release in an emotional Instagram post. It seemed like a foregone conclusion as Johnson constantly spoke out against the UFC’s controversial business practices. And today, Johnson confirmed that his four-year run with the UFC had indeed come to an end. View his Instagram post here: “It is […]

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MMA Union supporter Kajan Johnson announced his UFC release in an emotional Instagram post.

It seemed like a foregone conclusion as Johnson constantly spoke out against the UFC’s controversial business practices.

And today, Johnson confirmed that his four-year run with the UFC had indeed come to an end.

View his Instagram post here:

“It is with sadness in my heart that I say farewell to the UFC. I spent the majority of my life trying to get in and once I was in I did it my way. I accomplished my dreams and did what I could to effect change within a system that greatly needs it, I am grateful for the blessings and the lessons that I was given and shown in these last 4 years and am truly a better man and fighter because of them. To all those that believed supported me, thank you, I love you. To all those that hated on me and motivated me, thank you, I love you, to whatever awaits me next, I am ready, let’s go! ” – Kajan Johnson

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It is with sadness in my heart that I say farewell to the UFC. I spent the majority of my life trying to get in and once I was in I did it my way. I accomplished my dreams and did what I could to effect change within a system that greatly needs it. I am grateful for the blessings and the lessons that I was given and shown in these last 4 years and am truly a better man and fighter because of them. To all those that believed supported me, thank you, I love you. To all those that hated on me and motivated me, thank you, I love you. To whatever awaits me next, I am ready, let’s go! ????? . . . . #farewell #ufc #freeagent #alwaysmovingforward #benow #grateful #blessed #mma #tristarvancouver #love #lifeswork #lifespassion #martialartist #vancouver #vancity

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A Bittersweet Ending

Johnson recently competed at UFC Moscow where he dropped a split decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. The bout marked the end of his four-fight contract, and apparently, it was not renewed, perhaps due to his unionization efforts.  Johnson had previously stated that he had hoped to fight out his contract in hopes of re-signing with the UFC.

UFC President Dana White and Johnson had a contentious relationship. After all, Johnson is the interim vice-president of Project Spearhead and an outspoken fighter advocate. Which made Johnson’s actions at the UFC Calgary weigh-ins that much more puzzling.

Watch Johnson’s handshake prank on Dana White:

Prior to his last two losses, “Ragin” Kajan was riding high on a four-fight win streak. At 34 years old it would seem this Tristar-trained fighter still has some fight left in him.

If Johnson decides to pursue other avenues he can always focus on his true passion of music, as Johnson is an aspiring musician in his own right.

As far as the UFC goes, he was on a short leash.

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Dan Hardy Criticizes Herb Dean For UFC Moscow Stoppage

Dan Hardy criticizes Herb Dean for his stoppage during a UFC Moscow bout. In the featured preliminary bout on the UFC Moscow card, Khalid Murtazaliev went one-on-one with C.B. Dollaway. Murtazaliev was dominant in the fight and things looked to be comi…

Dan Hardy criticizes Herb Dean for his stoppage during a UFC Moscow bout. In the featured preliminary bout on the UFC Moscow card, Khalid Murtazaliev went one-on-one with C.B. Dollaway. Murtazaliev was dominant in the fight and things looked to be coming to an end in the second round. With Dollaway belly down and taking shots on […]

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Video: Henry Cejudo Is Reunited With UFC Flyweight Title

Newly crowned champion Henry Cejudo has been reunited with his flyweight title.

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Newly-crowned champion Henry Cejudo has been reunited with his UFC flyweight title.

Cejudo shocked the world when he defeated the only champion the UFC flyweight division has ever known. Shortly after Cejudo beat Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to become the new flyweight king, he jumped on a plane and headed for Russia.

The new champ wasn’t going to party it up in mother Russia. To the contrary, the UFC had a number of festivities planned for the entire week-long promotional machine known as UFC Moscow. Unfortunately, Cejudo lost his luggage in transit and with it, his UFC flyweight title.

Perhaps the most insane part of the story is that this isn’t the first time Cejudo has lost something priceless. He lost his Olympic gold medal while escaping the California wildfires a year back:

“Unfortunately, my belt is in my luggage,” Cejudo told reporters in Moscow. “So now, on top of my gold medal, now it’s my belt. I don’t know what it is about gold. I can’t keep it.”

“Let’s be honest, material comes and goes,” he added. “It’s the memories, it’s the legacy that comes with being a champion. I’m going to get a gold medal back. I’m going to get a belt back. But it’s the memories that come with that that makes it special.”

Cejudo didn’t seem too shaken up about losing his newly acquired championship belt. Maybe “The Messenger” knew everything would work out in the end.

Cejudo announced today (Sept. 18 2018) via his Instagram account that he has been reunited with his flyweight title and all is now good.

Watch Henry Cejudo and his flyweight title reunite here:

“Don’t you ever leave me again,” Henry Cejudo says to the title in the video.

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Dan Hardy Destroys Herb Dean For UFC Moscow Late Stoppage

Rising UFC middleweight Merab Dvalishvili put on a brutal showing against a respected veteran at last week’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. But he didn’t just beat longtime fighter CB Dollaway at the UFC’s debut in Russia. No, he floored him and absolutely rained down one […]

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Rising UFC middleweight Merab Dvalishvili put on a brutal showing against a respected veteran at last week’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

But he didn’t just beat longtime fighter CB Dollaway at the UFC’s debut in Russia. No, he floored him and absolutely rained down one of the most one-sided beatings the Octagon has unfortunately ever witnessed. Dvalishvili was only doing his job, however, the true fault of the fight was on referee Herb Dean.

Dean let Dvalishvili land countless shots on a turtled Dolloway who was making no effort to defend himself whatsoever. Dan Hardy, who was cageside calling the fights, pleaded for longtime official Dean to stop, yet he would not answer. He finally stepped in to call off the fight in a strange scene. The comparisons to disgraced ref Mario Yamasaki for the inexplicable decision had already begun, however.

Hardy appeared on this week’s episode of The MMA Hour to detail his opinion of Dean’s jaw-dropping negligence. The former welterweight title contender offered his respect for the longtime official, but also insisted the fight was over:

“It’s difficult to criticize Herb Dean because he’s refereed me before and he’s been excellent. He’s had an excellent career as a referee so far. I mean, I don’t know what went wrong, to be honest. For me and I think for everyone in the arena who starts to boo, I think we all saw the fight was over.”

“The Outlaw” then went in Dean a bit more, adding that he did Dolloway a disservice by letting him take so many shots:

“I feel like Herb did him a disservice there,” Hardy said. “He could have saved him from at least 10 seconds of punches. He was curled up on his side, then he moved belly down, and for me, that’s too many, when they’re belly down, they’re done.”

Hardy admitted that Dolloway was a warrior, but the fight had reached a point where he had nothing left to give. At said point, Hardy believed, it was the ref’s job to save the fighter from themselves:

“I watched the fight back today and I think it was 26 seconds before the end of the round, I said something about Dollaway, fatigue had taken over and he had not a lot to give,” Hardy said. “He was trying to fight back he’s a warrior, he wouldn’t give up. I always appreciate a guy who will take a beating until the referee stops it, but that’s what the referee is for is to save the fighters from themselves and from their ego and pride.”

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Shamil Abdurakhimov Talks UFC Moscow Win Over Andrei Arlovski

Shamil Abdurakhimov was hoping to finish Andrei Arlovski at UFC Moscow, but he’ll settle for the win. Abdurakhimov took on Arlovski on the main card of UFC Moscow. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass. After three rounds of action, Abdurakhimov…

Shamil Abdurakhimov was hoping to finish Andrei Arlovski at UFC Moscow, but he’ll settle for the win. Abdurakhimov took on Arlovski on the main card of UFC Moscow. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass. After three rounds of action, Abdurakhimov was awarded the unanimous decision victory. It’s “Abrek’s” second straight victory and now he […]

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UFC Moscow Reebok Fighter Payouts: Thiago Alves Tops List

UFC Moscow is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. Mark Hunt ($15,000) vs. Aleksei Oleinik ($5,000) in a heavyweight bout headlined this show while Jan Blachowicz ($5,000) vs. Nikita Krylov ($5,0…

UFC Moscow is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. Mark Hunt ($15,000) vs. Aleksei Oleinik ($5,000) in a heavyweight bout headlined this show while Jan Blachowicz ($5,000) vs. Nikita Krylov ($5,000) in a light heavyweight contest co-headlined. Rounding out this four bout card was Shamil […]

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