While Johnson thinks the victory was a great one for him, it was the fact the the fighter got back to those finishing ways that made Johnson the happiest in the end.
“I don’t think so, I mean it went great. I think I could’ve…I came close to getting the finish in the first round, maybe if I finished it in the first round, it would’ve been a little bit better. You know…I got a finish, I went 4-0 in the UFC and the first three were decisions. It was nice to get back, I was finishing everybody before getting to the UFC. So its nice to get back and get a finish,” says Johnson in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
With the submission win at UFC Fight Night Moscow, an undefeated Johnson picked up his first non-decision win in over two years.
UFC Fight Night Moscow may be the final UFC appearance for Johnson, as negotiations with the promotion don’t seem to be going so well.
“So, I fought out my contract. They made an offer, I told them what I wanted. We were nowhere close on numbers, I thought if I went out and had a good performance that they would give me what I wanted. That wasn’t the case, technically I’m still under contract to them. Even though I had fought out my contract, I had to get my release or permission to go talk to other organizations. Everyday I’m bugging my manager, I think he’s sick of me. I’m ready to go talk to these other organizations and see what kind of deal I can make elsewhere, I would love to stay in the UFC…but this is an incredibly dangerous sport and there’s got to be some reward. So I’m still in the period where I’m negotiating with the UFC, we’re not gonna make a deal…so I think from a legal standpoint, I need to get permission to talk and negotiate with other organizations. I’ve had a couple of organizations reach out to me and I told them that I don’t feel comfortable talking to them just yet, but (there’s a) good chance your gonna see me fight somewhere besides the UFC,” says Johnson.
Johnson isn’t ranked in the UFC at the moment, but does hold a 4-0-0 record in the promotion and an overall record of 10-0-0.