Kajan Johnson

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Kajan Johnson
Born (1984-04-21) April 21, 1984 (age 34)
Burns Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Other namesRagin'
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofMontreal, Quebec, Canada
TeamTristar Gym
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2002–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission11
By decision7
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kajan Johnson (born April 21, 1984) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the lightweight division of the UFC. A professional competitor since 2002, he is also known for competing The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia for Team Canada, as well as the MFC and King of the Cage.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Johnson made his MMA debut in 2002, going 4–4 by years end. Johnson then made his MFC debut losing to Chad Hanseh.

Starting on October 2005, Johnson went 11–1–1 over five years with his only loss coming in a title fight for the KOTC Canadian Lightweight Championship against future UFC top contender and training partner Rory MacDonald.[4] He also captured the XMMA Lightweight title.[5]

Johnson would make his return to MFC at MFC 23 taking on Ryan Machan. He lost via submission in the first round.

Johnson was set to take on Orestes Betran at MFC 27.[6] Betran then pulled out of the match and was replaced with a veteran of 29 fights at the time, Ryan Healy.[7] He won via unanimous decision.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In late 2013 it was announced that Johnson will be one of the Canadian fighters picked to be on TUF Nations Team Canada.[8]

In episode 1, Johnson is picked to fight first against Australia's own Brendan O’Reilly. Johnson states that he is injured, but that he always fights injured. Despite the injuries, Johnson implies he is still more dangerous than anybody else in the house. Johnson gives Canada their first win with a rear-naked choked in the first round.[9]

In episode 10, Johnson was set to face his teammate Chad Laprise in the semi finals. Johnson lost via KO in the second round. Johnson's jaw was broken from the punch.[10]

After the show Johnson was noted as the reason for the removal of fellow TUF Nations contestant Tyler Manawaroa from the UFC after claiming Tyler was a racist due to an image posted on his personal Instagram. Tyler was of native New Zealand Maori descent and later explained it was the actions of a schoolboy making fun of himself and his own heritage, as in Australia many Aboriginals, Maoris and Polynesians consider themselves 'dark-skinned' or 'non-white'.[11] Kajan later apologised though nevertheless Tyler was removed from the UFC roster and remains inactive yet undefeated .[12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Johnson made his promotional debut at UFC 174, taking on Tae Hyun Bang.[13] He lost via knockout in the third round. They both earned Fight of the Night honors.[14]

Johnson was then set to face Zhang Lipeng on May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66.[15] He won via unanimous decision.[16]

Johnson faced Naoyuki Kotani on September 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 75.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Returning from a near two year hiatus, Johnson faced Adriano Martins at UFC 215 on September 9, 2017.[19] He won the fight via knockout in the third round.[20]

Johnson was scheduled to face Rustam Khabilov on March 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127.[21] However, Khabilov pulled out of the fight citing injury and was replaced by Stevie Ray.[22] He won the fight via split decision.[23]

Johnson faced Islam Makhachev on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[24] He lost the fight via armbar submission in the first round.[25]

The fight with Rustam Khabilov was rescheduled and eventually took place on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 136.[26] Johnson lost the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[27]

On September 29, 2018, Johnson revealed that the fight with Khabilov was the last of his then-current contract and UFC had not made any gesture for re-signing Johnson.[28]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–14–1 Rustam Khabilov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk September 15, 2018 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 23–13–1 Islam Makhachev Submission (armbar) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 1 4:43 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 23–12–1 Stevie Ray Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov March 17, 2018 3 5:00 London, England
Win 22–12–1 Adriano Martins KO (punch) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 3 0:49 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 21–12–1 Naoyuki Kotani Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 20–12–1 Zhang Lipeng Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 2015 3 5:00 Pasay, Philippines
Loss 19–12–1 Tae Hyun Bang KO (punch) UFC 174 June 14, 2014 3 2:01 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 19–11–1 Richie Whitson Submission (rear-naked choke) MFC 31: Rundown October 7, 2011 1 3:52 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 18–11–1 Ryan Healy Decision (unanimous) MFC 27: Breaking Point November 12, 2010 3 5:00 Enoch, Alberta, Canada Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; Healy missed weight.
Loss 17–11–1 Ryan Machan Submission (rear-naked choke) MFC 23: Unstoppable December 4, 2009 1 3:30 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Win 17–10–1 Josh Russell TKO (doctor stoppage) Heat XC 4: Hysteria November 6, 2009 2 5:00 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Win 16–10–1 Steve Claveau Submission (armbar) XMMA 7: Inferno February 27, 2009 2 3:02 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Defended the XMMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 15–10–1 Samuel Guillet Submission (armbar) XMMA 6: House of Pain November 8, 2008 1 0:52 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won the XMMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 14–10–1 Zach Light KO (punches) EFC 6: Home Coming October 11, 2008 1 2:47 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Win 13–10–1 Douglas Evans Submission (rear-naked choke) Raw Combat: Resurrection June 20, 2008 2 0:57 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Draw 12–10–1 Steve Claveau Draw (majority) XMMA 4 May 17, 2008 3 5:00 Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
Loss 12–10 Rory MacDonald TKO (elbows and punches) KOTC Canada: Avalanche December 15, 2007 3 1:48 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada For the KOTC Canadian Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–9 Dave Pariseau Submission (rear-naked choke) EFC 5: Revolution November 3, 2007 1 2:04 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Win 11–9 Jason St. Louis Submission (punches) KOTC Canada: Megiddo April 28, 2007 1 2:54 Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Win 10–9 Robert Hugus Submission (armbar) KOTC Canada: Detonator September 29, 2006 1 4:29 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 9–9 Todd Steen Submission (rear-naked choke) Canada: Anarchy February 11, 2006 1 3:58 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Win 8–9 Gord Cummings TKO (punches) Extreme Fighting Challenge 4 October 15, 2005 1 4:06 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 7–9 Jesse Bongfeldt TKO (corner stoppage) Rites of Passage 2 February 12, 2005 3 :10 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Win 7–8 Roger Alves Decision (split) Extreme Fighting Challenge 3 October 16, 2004 3 5:00 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 6–8 Stephane Dube KO (spinning back kick) TKO 15: Unstoppable February 28, 2004 1 4:06 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 6–7 Thierry Quenneville Decision (split) TKO 14: Road Warriors November 29, 2003 2 5:00 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–6 Jaime Renne Submission (triangle choke) Western Freestyle Championships October 12, 2003 1 N/A Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 5–6 Mike Adams Decision (unanimous) WFF 5: New Blood June 28, 2003 2 5:00 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Win 5–5 Jeremy Whittingham Decision (unanimous) MFC 7: Undisputed May 31, 2003 2 5:00 Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
Loss 4–5 Chad Hamzeh TKO (punches) MFC 6: Road To Gold February 22, 2003 N/A N/A Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Win 4–4 Chris Ade Decision (split) XFC: Combat Showdown November 23, 2002 2 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 3–4 Justin Livingston Decision (majority) World Freestyle Fighting 3 October 25, 2002 2 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 3–3 Len Smith Decision (unanimous) Roadhouse Rumble 6 October 5, 2002 2 5:00 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Loss 3–2 Josh Thomson Submission (elbows) North American Sport Fighting Invitational September 7, 2002 2 4:56 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 3–1 Aaron Krafczyk Submission (punches) Border Town Brawl July 27, 2002 1 N/A Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–1 Pedro Albuquerque Submission (fatigue) Extreme Fighting Challenge 1 June 2, 2002 N/A N/A Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 1–1 Justin Jones Submission (punches) Ultimate Ring Challenge 2 April 27, 2002 2 N/A Olympia, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Eric Harvey Submission (punches) Roadhouse Rumble 5 February 23, 2002 N/A N/A Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada


Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Chad Laprise KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia March 19, 2014 (airdate) 2 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Semi-finals
Win 1–0 Brendan O’Reilly Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia January 15, 2014 (airdate) 1 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Quarter-finals


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Barnett vs. Nelson". UFC.com. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Kajan Johnson (@iamkajan) (July 9, 2018). ""(...) IM A BLACK BELT BABY!!!!!!"". Instagram. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "TUF Nations cast revealed". UFC.com. 2013-12-05.
  4. ^ "Kajin Johnson vs. Rory MacDonald". cagerank.com.
  5. ^ "War Machine Victorious at XMMA 7". mmaontap.com. 2009-03-02.
  6. ^ "Kajan Johnson Ready to Prove Himself at MFC 27". fightnetwork.com. 2010-10-26.
  7. ^ "Ryan Healy steps into face Kajan Johnson at MFC 27 Breaking Point". ufcbettingsite.com. 2010-11-06.
  8. ^ "Cast Unveiled for The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia". mmaweekly.com. 2013-12-05.
  9. ^ "TUF NATIONS EPISODE 1 RECAP". ufc.com. 2014-01-15.
  10. ^ "Watch the thunderous knockout blow that ended Kajan Johnson vs. Chad Laprise". bloodyelbow.com. 2014-03-20.
  11. ^ "'TUF Nations' fighter Tyler Manawaroa won't get UFC contract due to racist Instagram post". mmaweekly.com. 2014-02-11.
  12. ^ "'Kajan Johnson reflects, instructs, offers apology to Tyler Manawaroa". mixedmartialarts.com. 2014-02-12.
  13. ^ "Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun Bang booked for UFC 174 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com. 2014-04-10.
  14. ^ "UFC 174 bonuses: Tae Hyun Bang gets $100K, Kajan Johnson, Kiichi Kunimoto $50K". mmajunkie.com. 2014-06-15.
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 65: Kajan Johnson returns against Zhang Lipeng". theprovince.com. 2015-02-11.
  16. ^ "UFC Fight Night 66 results: Kajan Johnson outworks Lipeng Zhang for first UFC win". ubertopic.com. 2015-05-17.
  17. ^ "Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani set for UFC Fight Night 75". mmajunkie.com. 2015-07-09.
  18. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-09-26). "UFC Fight Night 75 results: Kajan Johnson outstrikes Naoyuki Kotani for decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  19. ^ Staff (2017-07-20). "Adriano Martins faces Kajan Johnson at UFC 215 in September in Canada". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2017-07-20. (in Portuguese)
  20. ^ "UFC 215 results: Kajan Johnson's right hand stuns Adriano Martins". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  21. ^ "Kajan Johnson vs. Rustam Khabilov added to UFC Fight Night 127 in London". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  22. ^ Staff (2018-02-08). "Kajan Johnson says Stevie Ray has stepped in as UFC-London replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  23. ^ John Morgan (2018-03-17). "UFC Fight Night 127 results: Kajan Johnson edges Stevie Ray in razor-thin split". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  24. ^ "Islam Makhachev vs. Kajan Johnson set for UFC on FOX card in Canada". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  25. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: 6-1 favorite Islam Makhachev taps Kajan Johnson with armbar". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  26. ^ Shakiel Mahjouri (2018-08-08). "Rustam Khabilov vs Kajan Johnson rebooked For UFC Moscow". mmasucka.com. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  27. ^ "UFC Fight Night 136 results: Rustam Khabilov tops Kajan Johnson in close split decision". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  28. ^ "Union advocate Kajan Johnson bids farewell to UFC in emotional Instagram post". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-29. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  29. ^ Sherdog.com. "Kajan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  30. ^ Sherdog.com. "Kajan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-16.

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