So many fighters dream of getting the call from the UFC.
For Brett Johns, that dream became a reality this week when the world’s largest promotion signed him to fight at the UFC Belfast card on November 19.
With several big-name fighters being removed from the card, the 24-year-old was given the call to make his debut in the SSE Arena against fellow undefeated prospect Kwan Ho Kwak.
Johns became the second Welsh fighter to join the UFC following Jack Marshawn, who is set to debut at the same event,to be signed by the UFC. With such a long road to the zenith of the sport, Johns was moved to tears when his manager phoned him to inform him of the good news.
:::MUST WATCH::: (Part 1) One of the most rewarding things in my job is when we get to take part in moments like this. We have all heard the stories of fighters doing that grind and sleeping on the floor of the gym. Yes sleeping on the floor of his unheated gym through winters is a part of @brettjohnsmma's story, and it would be cool to say it was all for "the grind" but it was also a necessity due to the economy. His drive and his energy to keep himself and his team motivated through these hard times is what shows his true heart. Coming from a small village in Wales were opportunities were limited Brett has managed to put together a 12-0 undefeated record making him one of the top prospects in the UK. This video shows the emotions that came to a head when I called to to tell him we got the call. It could not have come at a more needed time. I am excited to announce Brett will make his UFC debut in Belfast Ireland on Nov 19th! #represented #ufcbelfast
Johns (12-0) enters the UFC as the Titan FC bantamweight champion and as a former Cage Warriors title holder. He holds a perfect 12-0 record with a finishing rate of 50 per cent. Two of his wins were knockout victories with four of them coming by way of submission. His last fight was a split decision victory over Anthony Gutierrez at Titan FC 37.
South Korea’s Kwak (9-0) has six finishes under his belt, all knockouts. He comes into this bout fresh off a win over former UFC fighter Alptekin Ozkilic under the Top FC banner.