The Faber/Barao II stoppage was much for justified than this one, but look at the uproar from then.
Gunnar Nelson needs a quality opponent now that he had a warm-up fight after injury.
I think for guys like Uriah Hall and Melvin Guillard, being so athletically gifted is too often either a blessing or a curse. In Guillards case he'd lost fights because he rushed in or waited to long, in Hall's case it's because he waits and uses his footwork and head movement too much for defense. Now Melvin has tightened up his defense and holds his hands higher, but he doesn't have a steady offense. He either rushes in or waits to counter. There's no middle speed. He won the first round because Johnson rushed him and paid for it. But the 2nd and 3rd was lost because Johnson made the adjustment of using his jab and body kicks while baiting Guillard to rush in. Guillard has some great leaping body kicks and leg kicks of his own, but he kept those weapons on the shelf today. He also kept his jab on the shelf, and as a result Johnson was able to get off often and even hurt him a few times. I hope Melvin can bounce back and figure out a more balanced offense. He has so many advantages, but he needs to learn how to use them effectively. I know he wants more than just to be a "gatekeeper" but he has to evolve or die. Johnson has evolved. Very disappointing in Melvin's performance.
I am very impressed with Gus and Luke Barnett. Two long fighters who used their natural gifts to their advantages tonight. Martial Arts is about the expression and execution of the artist. Overall a good night of fights, and FUUUUCK NO I didn't watch it on "fight pass" But I did PASS gas while I drank my beers, if that counts.....
One or two extra shots at this level can mean the difference between walking off and being carted off to a hospital or worse.
I always say to err on the side of caution. Fighter safety first. I don't care if there are a few early stoppages along the way. It sux. But it happens.
Does anybody have a gif of that awesome cartwheel?