Sherdog first reported the matchup, which will likely take place in the middleweight division. The two will meet at Titan FC 22, which is scheduled for May 22 at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
Johnson became persona non grata at the UFC this year when he failed to make weight for his debut in a weight class one division higher than where he usually fought. After missing the mark for a few welterweight tilts, Johnson was finally persuaded to move up to middleweight. He came in eleven pounds heavy for his 185lbs debut fight and was handled quickly in that bout by veteran Vitor Belfort, securing his promotional release.
During his time in the UFC, Johnson earned five KO/TKOs and picked up notable wins over Charlie Brenneman, Dan Hardy and Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
Dave Branch is also a fighter well-acquainted with the octagon, having waged four battles inside the eight-walled cage. Branch went 2-2 in the UFC, sandwiching wins over Tomasz Drwal and Rich Attonito with losses to Gerald Harris and Rousimar Palhares. Since losing via submission to Palhares, Branch has gone on a two-fight winning streak over lesser-known competition.