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Anthony Johnson vs. John Howard Off For TUF 9 Finale

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

A rumored bout between welterweights Anthony Johnson and John Howard slated for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20th in Las Vegas will not take place after Howard reportedly backed out of the fight due to dissatisfaction with the amount he would be paid for the matchup.

Johnson confirmed that the fight was off in a recent interview on the Sports Action Network (via Fightlinker). has learned that Johnson is likely to remain on the card and that a search is underway to find a replacement for the bout.

Johnson (7-2) is coming off of back-to-back victories over Kevin Burns and Luigi Fioravanti, via third-round knockout and first-round TKO respectively, and has won four of his six UFC fights. Howard (11-4) picked up a split decision victory over Chris Wilson in his UFC debut, which earned both men “Fight of the Night” honors, and is on a four fight win streak.

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