Michael Johnson Feels He Was Fighting For His Life At UFC Vegas 54

UFC lightweight Michael Johnson felt he had more on the line for him than most realized entering UFC Vegas 54. Johnson made a triumphant return to the Octagon at UFC Vegas 54, earning a second-round knockout of Alan Patrick. The victory snapped a four-fight losing skid and was his first in nearly four years. Johnson,…

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UFC lightweight Michael Johnson felt he had more on the line for him than most realized entering UFC Vegas 54.

Johnson made a triumphant return to the Octagon at UFC Vegas 54, earning a second-round knockout of Alan Patrick. The victory snapped a four-fight losing skid and was his first in nearly four years.

Johnson, a veteran of the lightweight division, has competed against most of the top contenders in UFC history. Despite his strength of schedule, some believed it was a ‘do or die’ moment for Johnson and his UFC tenure at UFC Vegas 54.

During his UFC Vegas 54 post-fight press conference, Johnson was asked if he felt his job was on the line ahead of his fight.

“Fuck, I was fighting for my life,” Johnson admitted. “Forget the job. I need to make ends meet. I need to be successful. This is where I get my main paycheck, this is where I take care of myself and I can help my family get through hard times. I definitely needed this, I definitely needed to get back on track, to get a bit of weight off my shoulders.

“I wasn’t going to be satisfied with a decision win, I needed to go out there and put a statement win on to show and prove to everybody and the UFC that I still got it, I’m not going anywhere. I’m 35 and I’m just getting better.”

After getting back in the win column, many of his UFC colleagues praised Johnson for his performance. His last win came against Artem Lobov at a UFC Fight Night event in Oct. 2018.

Johnson had attempted a move to featherweight with little success, and he seems to be back on track at 155lbs. At 35 years old, he has plenty of time to jump back into lightweight contention and could get a big-name opponent for his next fight.

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Michael Johnson Makes MMA Twitter Go Nuts Following Brutal KO

UFC lightweight Michael Johnson hadn’t won a fight in nearly four years, and he snapped the skid in an incredible fashion at UFC Vegas 54. Johnson and Alan Patrick traded blows on the feet in the opening round, with both fighters getting hurt by big strikes. Johnson closed the show in Round 2 with a…

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UFC lightweight Michael Johnson hadn’t won a fight in nearly four years, and he snapped the skid in an incredible fashion at UFC Vegas 54.

Johnson and Alan Patrick traded blows on the feet in the opening round, with both fighters getting hurt by big strikes. Johnson closed the show in Round 2 with a blitz on the feet combined with violent ground-and-pound combinations.

Check out Johnson’s emphatic return below.

Johnson had struggled mightily over his last few performances, losing finishes to Josh Emmett and Thiago Moisés during stints at featherweight and lightweight. Johnson’s knockout of Patrick was his first since finishing former lightweight title challenger Dustin Poirier in Sept. 2016.

MMA Twitter was ecstatic to watch the veteran Johnson get back in the win column.

Johnson has competed against some of the top lightweights in UFC history, including Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. He’s also picked up wins over the likes of Edson Barboza, Tony Ferguson, and Gleison Tibau during his UFC tenure.

At 35 years old, Johnson has plenty of time to get back on track in his MMA career and potentially move closer to the lightweight rankings.

Do you think Michael Johnson can return to being a top lightweight contender?

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Michael Johnson Stops Alan Patrick With Brutal Second Round Barrage – UFC Vegas 54 Highlights

Michael JohnsonBack with a proverbial bang on the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 54, lightweight division veteran, Michael Johnson managed to return to the winning track with a slick second round combination to stop and drop Brazil’s, Alan Patrick. Johnson, who had been without a victory since a 2018 decision win over Artem Lobov, snapped his […]

Michael Johnson

Back with a proverbial bang on the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 54, lightweight division veteran, Michael Johnson managed to return to the winning track with a slick second round combination to stop and drop Brazil’s, Alan Patrick.

Johnson, who had been without a victory since a 2018 decision win over Artem Lobov, snapped his four-fight losing skid with a second round knockout win over Patrick — who was cornered by former undisputed lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.

Landing a series of strikes during a second round exchange, Johnson, who was once revealed as one of the slicker strikers at 155lb limit, dropped Patrick and followed up with a couple of ground strikes to stop the Brazilian.

Johnson, a native of St. Louis, holds other prior eye-catching wins over the likes of Tony Ferguson, Joe Lauzon, Gleison Tibau, Melvin Guillard, Edson Barboza, and Dustin Poirier to name a few.

Below, catch the highlights from Michael Johnson’s ninth career knockout victory

Clay Guida Grinds To Win Over Michael Johnson – UFC Vegas 18 Results

Clay GuidaUp next at UFC Vegas 18. The Ultimate Figher finalist Michael Johnson takes on UFC legend Clay Guida… Round 1: Michael Jonson is pushing forward early. Clay Guida is moving around the cage popping out his jab to create distance. Johnson lands a nice one-two the first eye-catching punches of the fight. Guida is undeterred […]

Clay Guida

Up next at UFC Vegas 18. The Ultimate Figher finalist Michael Johnson takes on UFC legend Clay Guida…

Round 1: Michael Jonson is pushing forward early. Clay Guida is moving around the cage popping out his jab to create distance. Johnson lands a nice one-two the first eye-catching punches of the fight. Guida is undeterred and continues to press forward. He’s landing big shots and has Johnson backing up. Guida’s head kick glances off Johnson. ‘The Carpenter’ shoots in for the takedown and forces his opponent against the fence. Guida picks up Johnson and drops him down to the mat. The veteran secures the position and stays heavy on Johnson. Johnson stands up and survives the threat of Guida’s guillotine. Johnson escapes the clinch and lands a knee while exiting. Guida is cut on the forehead. Johnson is putting his hands together now. He presses Guida to the cage for a moment before separating. Guida lands a big overhand. Johnson returns with a straight punch. Both men are swinging in round one! Guida lands three consecutive overhand rights at the end of round one.

Round 2: Guida is getting after it early in round two. He’s putting pressure on and avoiding punches well. ‘The Carpenter’ dips down and secures the takedown. Johnson is trying to work his way up and is using the fence to help him do just that. ‘The Menace’ is back on his feet but Guida continues to dominate him against the fence. Johnson eventually manages to separate and get back to striking range. Not for long though. Guida presses forward and goes back to work against the fence. This is an exhausting round to watch. Every time Johnson gets any type of space it is closed by Guida who is showing off his impressive gas tank. Johnson wins a clinch exchange against the fence and is able to maintain the striking position for a little longer. Unfortunately for Johnson, he is unable to land anything before Guida again goes to work for the takedown. The round ends with Guida pressing his opponent against the fence.

Round 3: Guida immediately puts the pressure on at the start of round three. Both men are throwing and missing wildly. The punches keep coming and both men find some success. Johnson pings Guida and appears to drop him momentarily. ‘The Carpenter’ pops straight back up and goes looking for the takedown. Very smart. He’s got Johnson pressed up against the cage now. The clock is ticking away and Guida is maintaining control. Johnson gives up his back trying to get up. Guida jumps on it and sinks in a rear-naked choke. Johnson is fighting hands and surviving right now. He shrugs off the choke but Guida has a body triangle locked in. Into the final minute, we go and Guida seems to be on his way to an impressive win. Johnson is trying his best to break the body triangle but is having no success. The round and the fight comes to an end.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Clay Guida def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision.

Skidding Michael Johnson Out To Prove He Can Still Be World Champion

Michael Johnson is out to prove to himself and to the world that he has what it takes to be a UFC champion when he steps into the Octagon tonight at UFC Vegas 18. With names like Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, and Edson Barboza on his résumé, Michael J…

Michael Johnson is out to prove to himself and to the world that he has what it takes to be a UFC champion when he steps into the Octagon tonight at UFC Vegas 18. With names like Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, and Edson Barboza on his résumé, Michael Johnson has certainly showed huge flashes of […]