UFC 174: Kajan Johnson Finally set to Make UFC Debut, “I Won’t be Stopped”
By FCF Staff
After ten plus years of fighting, numerous injuries, and various highs and lows, Kajan Johnson will finally make his UFC debut tonight in Vancouver. The Canadian lightweight will do so after competing on the latest season of “TUF Nations”, which saw his run end with a broken jaw.
Now, having recovered from his stoppage loss to Chad Laprise, Johnson will take on Tae Hyun Bang. While discussing his Octagon debut with UFC.com, here is some of what Johnson (19-10-1) had to say about his long journey to the promotion.
“I’m still here and it’s all because of perseverance,” said Johnson, who has also been sidelined in recent years with shoulder issues and a broken orbital bone. “I won’t be stopped. I refuse. So when my jaw broke, I didn’t want this to happen again and I didn’t think it would happen again. I thought that the other facial fractures that I dealt with were enough. But I wasn’t ready to lay down. It’s not going to stop me. I’m going to keep moving forward. Even if my face breaks again, I’m not stopping.”
“I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish and the road that I’ve had,” said Johnson. “I wouldn’t change it for the world because it’s really made me the man I am today. A lot of the lessons I’ve learned from fighting I take into life and it’s something that a lot of people don’t do quite enough. Any lesson that you learn in fighting, if you just apply it to life, it will work exactly the same way. So I’ve learned a lot of these lessons and it’s really, really shaped the human being that I’ve become today. There’s no way that I would ever take it back. It happened for a reason, and I’m about to prove that reason to the world.”
Johnson heads into UFC 174 having gone 7-2-1 in his last 10, official MMA fights.
UFC 174 will be hosted by Vancouver’s Rogers Arena and will feature flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson taking on Ali Bagautinov.