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MMAPlayground Interview Series - Vol. 8 (DaMarques "Darkness" Johnson)

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As with any successful professional, mixed martial artists eat, sleep and breathe their craft. They put everything on the line when they wake up, hit the gym and pour their blood, sweat and tears into the sport we all love. When they enter that cage, for the fan, it's all about the entertainment, but these athletes go through the daily rigors with more in mind. For some fighters, it's a paycheck. For others, it's the glitz and glamour, but for some it's a lifestyle fueled by a deep passion and connection to the sport of mixed martial arts.

In our newest site feature, MMAPlayground would like to introduce you to some of these men and women of MMA that you may not know much about.

Our mission? To introduce. To educate. To spread the word.

TUF Veteran, DaMarques "Darkness" Johnson has been fighting professionally since 2005 and was recently scheduled to fight Clay Harvison at UFC Fight Night 25 before being pulled from the card due to injury. DaMarques recently agreed to participate in a Q&A with MMAPlayground. The transcript can be found below.

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MMAPG: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview, DaMarques. How’s the injury rehab coming along?

JOHNSON: My back is getting better. There’s a lot of mileage on my back between my years of jumping out of planes in the military, but it’s coming along well.

MMAPG: Seth Baczynski recently stepped in as your replacement against Clay Harvison at Battle on the Bayou. Things didn’t go so well for your original opponent (Harvison) as Baczynski choked him out in the 2nd round. Is a fight with Harvison one that you’re still interested in or is there someone else you have in mind? Baczynski, perhaps?

JOHNSON: Seth is an awesome guy and I can’t think of a win in the UFC going to anyone more deserving. Picking my fights is Lerenzo’s and Monte's job. I would love to make good on the fight with Clay, though.

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*UPDATE*

Clay Harvison vs. DaMarques Johnson targeted for UFC on FOX 1

After bowing out of a fight with Clay Harvison (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) due to injury, DaMarques Johnson's next opponent will be: Clay Harvison.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Harvison and Johnson (12-9 MMA, 3-3 UFC) have each verbally agreed to meet at UFC on FOX 1, and bout agreements are expected to be distributed shortly.

The two were first expected to fight at this past month's UFC Fight Night 25 event, but Johnson was forced to withdraw. Harvison instead faced Seth Baczynski and lost via submission.

UFC on FOX 1, which takes place Nov. 12 in Anaheim, Calif., features a heavyweight title fight between current champ Cain Velasquez and top contender Junior Dos Santos. The main event airs on FOX, but broadcast plans for the remainder of the contests have yet to be announced.

Johnson, a "TUF 9" runner-up, had put together three wins in four fights before a recent submission loss (due to strikes) to Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 24. The fighter, who trains with Utah's Elite Performance, owns 11 stoppage wins in 12 career victories.

Harivson, a quarterfinalist on "TUF 13," secured a UFC contract with a close and entertaining split-decision victory over Justin Edwards at the show's June finale. It marked the Georgia-based fighter's seventh win in eight fights and his first-ever win via decision following three knockout and five submission wins. However, he was overwhelmed by Baczynski and may now find himself in a must-win situation.

For the latest on UFC on FOX 1, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.

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Post #2   10/14/11 4:16:28PM