It looks as though former UFC fighter Dashon Johnson will be one of Conor McGregor’s sparring partners ahead of the UFC lightweight champion’s August 26th boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Johnson claimed that he will be heading to Ireland to “help out the legend himself, Conor McGregor” ahead of the highly-anticipated yet often derided cross-codes clash.
“God is so good to me!!! ITS OFFICIAL!!! IM TEAM MCGREGOR(sic),” wrote Johnson, later adding, “I will give every ounce in me to make sure McGregor is at his best so we can really make history!!!”
The 29-year-old Johnson has an interesting resume. As a boxer, he sports a messy looking 22-21-3 record but he has shared the ring with some decent operators, such as Jermell Charlo, Joshua Clottey, Sergo Mora and J’Leon Love. He has also sprung a few pretty significant upsets, beating Scotland’s Craig McEwan, who once gave Andy Lee a torrid time, and Mike Gavronski, who had only one previous loss on his record 22-fight record. Johnson has won 7 of his last 10 bouts.
Johnson has also fought 11 times as an MMA fighter, going 9-2. He was signed to the UFC in 2014, sporting a perfect 9-0 record, but it was quickly blemished by Jake Matthews at UFC Fight Night 43. Matthews finished Johnson with a third-round triangle choke. Johnson lost again in September of that year, as he was submitted by Godofredo ‘Pepey’ Castro at UFC Fight Night 51. Amazingly, he had boxed only three weeks prior and he would box again less than a month later. He was, however, released by the UFC following the Castro defeat.
According to a BloodyElbow article written in November of 2014, his decision to accept a boxing match while under contract may have been a contributing factor in his release.
He has not competed in MMA since his UFC departure.
This will be Johnson’s second time acting as a sparring partner for someone preparing to fight Mayweather, as he also worked with Manny Pacquiao ahead of the Filipino legend’s decision defeat to the defensively adroit American back in May of 2015.
In an article he wrote for the42 recently, McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh stated that the SBG Ireland team will be bringing in a number of sparring partners with whom people are likely to be “impressed”. Based on that statement, bigger names than Johnson’s are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.