UFC Fight Night 94’s Michael Johnson Feeling The Pressure Of Two Losses


Michael Johnson believes he is in a must-win situation Saturday at UFC Fight Night 94 when he takes on Dustin Poirier in the main event.

After picking up four straight wins, Johnson (16-10) has lost his last two via decision, including a December defeat at the hands of Nate Diaz.

With the spotlight on him, the former Ultimate Fighter runner-up plans to excite and get his hand raised in Texas.

“I’m really excited to be here in Hidalgo headlining the first card here,” he said. “I’m just happy and blessed to be able to fight. My shoulders were really bad after the Diaz fight. It just means the world to be healthy and fighting a great opponent like Dustin.

“This is pretty much a do-or-die fight for me. I have to go in here and I have to put on a great performance. I can’t walk away with a (loss), it’s just not a question. My plan coming in to this promotion was to leave at the top of this promotion. I’m coming out with the win in this one.”

The 30-year-old Johnson is 8-6 over the last six years with the UFC, including wins over Tony Ferguson, Joe Lauzon and Danny Castillo.



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