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.
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