Brett Johns
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Facing Montel Jackson in Nebraska
April 5, 2020
Johns (16-2-0) is scheduled to face Montel Jackson (9-1-0) in a bantamweight fight April 25 at UFC Lincoln, Nolan King and Mike Bohn of USA Today report.
After opening his MMA career with a perfect 14-0 record, Johns lost consecutive fights in 2018 before rebounding with a victory in his return to the Octagon on Jan. 25 at UFC Raleigh, when he took down Tony Gravely via submission in the third round. The Welshman will draw a tough matchup against the surging Jackson, who has won three consecutive fights since losing in his promotional debut in 2018.
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Bests Gravely in FOTN winner
January 26, 2020
Johns defeated Tony Gravely via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:53 of Round 3 at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
Johns threatened with several submission attempts in a first round he appeared to win, but lost the striking battle 18 to four in the second round and dropped the frame. With the fight knotted up, Johns was hip tossed in the third but gained an advantageous position in the scramble. He took Graveley's back and started pouring on ground-and-pound, which eventually opened up the submission and ended the fight. The back-and-forth affair with wild grappling exchanges earned both men $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses.
Return to the Octagon set
November 20, 2019
Johns (knee) will make his long-awaited return to face Tony Gravely in a bantamweight bout at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
It has been well over a year since Johns last competed after he lost to Pedro Munhoz by unanimous decision at UFC 227 back in August of 2018. Johns got off to a hot start in his MMA career by winning his first three matches. However, the 27-year-old lost back-to-back bouts before taking time off to recover from multiple injuries. Johns will look to avoid a three-fight losing streak as he gets set to face Tony Gravely (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who just earned his first UFC contract in August and will look to build on his current seven-fight win streak.
Set back by knee trouble
February 28, 2019
Johns revealed via a personal Instagram post that he is now dealing with a knee injury.
Johns merely disclosed that he would be getting an MRI on a knee injury that was suffered in training, but the specifics of the injury remain unclear. It was a Rocky 2018 for Johns, who dropped two fights, and the most recent against Pedro Munhoz was a costly one. He suffered a facial injury that kept him out of commission for quite some time, but the knee appears to be the larger problem now. He was also recommended to move up a weight class based on the difference in his weight between weigh-ins and fight night. It's unclear at this time what the next step for the 27-year-old might be, as he's without a timetable for return.
Out indefinitely with facial injury
August 9, 2018
Johns suffered a potential orbital fracture in a loss to Pedro Munoz at UFC 227, reports.
Johns suffered his second straight loss, as he also fell to Aljamain Steling at UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21. Following Saturday's bout, Johns will need to receive clearance for an injury to his face prior to returning to action. He'll also need medical clearance to fight again at 135 pounds, which according to, he intends to do.
Move to featherweight recommended
August 9, 2018
Johns has been advised to move up to featherweight by the California State Athletic Commission, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Johns made weight for his UFC 227 matchup against Pedro Munhoz, weighing in at 135.2 pounds Friday. When he arrived at the arena for Saturday's event, that number had risen to 158 pounds, amounting to a 16.2 percent increase in body weight. That drastic change didn't necessarily prove to his advantage in the fight, as he ended up losing a unanimous decision to Munhoz. Now, provided other commissions follow suite with the state of California, Johns will likely need medical clearance before being allowed to compete at bantamweight again. After back-to-back losses, a change of scenery may be in order, but it's currently unclear what Johns and his camp intend to do.