Michael Johnson has endured a lot of misfortune in his UFC career, but he proved why he’s still a dangerous out for anybody in the lightweight division on Saturday night.
In a potentially crucial win situation, Johnson attacked Alan Patrick with lightning fast punches that were capped off by a vicious left hook. This put Johnson on the ground and knocked him out. A couple more shots on the ground finished the fight, with Johnson getting the knockout win at 3:22 in the second round.
“My performance speaks for itself,” Johnson said afterwards. “The journey was rough. “I was stuck in a very dark and dark place. I saw the light and just got out of that dark hole.
” This still proves people that I am one of the top strikers this division. There’s a lot more to be done, but I’m ready for the next level .”
Coming off four losses in a row, Johnson had his back against the wall heading into UFC Vegas 54, but he didn’t perform like he was just trying to eke out a victory. Johnson was firing at all cylinders, going headhunting against Patrick, throwing bombs at him, and it paid off.
Johnson was successful with his long jab. It has been a signature punch of his, and he also managed to escape the exchanges while allowing Patrick to score a lot in return.
The end came in the second round after Johnson unleashed a huge shot to the body followed by the left hook that snapped Patrick’s head around on a swivel before he crashed down to the canvas. Johnson had no intention of allowing the fight to continue after that knockdown, with the fight being stopped just seconds later.
With notable wins on his resume including Edson Barboza and a knockout over Dustin Poirier, Johnson has always been a threat to anybody in the lightweight division, and his statement win on Saturday proved he’s not going anywhere just yet.