Taylor Johnson feels rejuvenated before his move to light heavyweight in the PFL Challenger Series.
Former Bellator fighter Taylor Johnson feels his opportunity to PFL’s Challenger Series can mark a new chapter in his martial arts career.
Johnson will face Alexander Poppeck during the launch week of the PFL Challenger Series in Orlando, FL. Johnson and others will have the opportunity to compete for a chance at a PFL contract and a $ 1,000,000 cash prize.
This is a fresh start for Johnson at a new weight class. He will compete at 205 pounds for the first time in his career after battling the middleweight limit since high school wrestling.
In an exclusive interview with FanSided’s Amy Kaplan, Johnson referred to the relief that he feels he does not have to worry about extensive weight loss.
“I’ve never competed without cutting weight,” Johnson said. “I cut weight from a young age, and that’s stupid. But I believe in fasting and going without food, to test your body. I do not think you need to do that before an MMA fight. I just feel like it’s a better idea to go there, to give my best performance against my real weight. ”
Taylor Johnson Brings Experience to PFL Challenger Series
Before signing with the PFL, Johnson fought against some of the toughest contenders in the Bellator middleweight division, including Johnny Eblen and Fabio Aguiar. It is also not his first time competing in a high-pressure spotlight, as he is in the 2019 season of Dana White’s Contender Series.
Poppeck, like Johnson, is seeking a chance at redemption after also falling short on DWCS. He is an exciting Muay Thai goal scorer who has great size and speed for the light heavyweight division.
Johnson hopes to use his experience in Bellator to his advantage and impress the PFL enough to earn a chance in MMA’s biggest league.