Kajan Johnson (23-14-1) is no longer fighting for UFC.
Johnson is a 34-year-old lightweight who aspires to be a musician. He took to Instagram and announced his 4-year run with the UFC had come to an end.
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 may way. I accomplished my dreams and did what I could to effect change within the 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
The Canadian fighter was 4-3 under the UFC banner during his seven-fight career in the octagon.
Johnson lost his UFC debut to Tae Hyun Banf at UFC 174 in June 2014. Then, he rebounded to win the next four fights in a row.
His announcement came two weeks after Johnson’s split-decision loss to Rustan Khabilov at UFC Moscow. This also marked the end of his UFC contract. Johnson told MMA Fighting the only reason he took the fight against Khabilov was to secure a new UFC deal with a victory.
Johnson is the interim vice president of Project Spearhead. He had arisen as one of the most outspoken fighters when it came to his fellow fighters’ paychecks. In May 2107, “Ragin” was escorted out of the UFC Athlete Retreat after a tirade during a Reebok presentation. Then, he faked out Dana White with a handshake during the UFC ceremonial weigh-ins on FOX 30. He is not a favorite of White, therefore, his leaving came as no surprise to fans.
Before Johnson’s most recent loss, the fromer XMMA lightweight champ and “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” veteran, was submitted by Islam Makhachev late in the first round of their July bout. This loss broke Johnson’s four-fight winning streak and put his career with UFC in jeopardy.
The former UFC fighter rattled off decision wins over Zhang Lipeng, Naoyuki Kotani, and Stevie Ray. He also starched Adriano Martins with a violent third-round knockout. He is looking forward to whatever is next in his life.
By Jeanette Smith
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