MMAFrenzy’s live coverage of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 26 main card kicks off with tonight’s opener between Michael Johnson and Joe Lauzon. The two TUF veterans would engage in a one-sided battle that saw Johnson prove victorious after a three round beatdown.
Johnson Dominates Lauzon
Tonight’s fight card kicked off with hometown fighter Joe Lauzon taking on Michael Johnson. Johnson would put on his best performance to date at the TD Garden as he dominated Lauzon over the course of three rounds. Johnson would nearly finish the fight in the first but Lauzon would show some heart and survive. Heart cannot buy you wins however, as Johnson silenced the raucous crowd by dismantling the popular hometown fighter.
Johnson snaps a two-fight losing skid with the victory, while Lauzon drops to 1-3 in his last four.
Rd. 1- Yves Lavigne is our referee and we’re off after a glove touch. Crowd is already starting the “Lets go Lauzon!” chant. Johnson is more active early on with the striking. Hard legkick and jab by Johnson here and he looks strong early. Lauzon looks to clinch but is shoved off and eats a straight to the body. Lauzon answers with some shots of his own as the action slows. Johnson with a nasty straight left that flattens Lauzon but he is unable to follow up and Lauzon is back up. Johnson presses with power shots and gets clipped by a right of his own and the pace settles down. Johnson is looking amazing with his striking to this point of the fight. Nasty power combination by Johnson at the 0:40 mark of the round and then catches Lauzon with a left again. Johnson stands up and cockily waves Lauzon up. Johnson drops him with a knee as the round ends and is literally thrown off by Lavigne as he tries to throw after the bell and gets warned for a DQ. MMAFrenzy has it 10-8 Johnson.
Rd. 2- Lauzon lets Johnson strike early and looks for a kneepick off the underhook and we’re on the cage now. Crowd is back behind Lauzon but Johnson escapes. Johnson is starting to slow but still firing. Lauzon is stalking Johnson along the cage but still being just out-struck so far. Lauzon catches Johnson with a big left but Johnson lands a hard strike of his own and recovers. Johnson takes control of the clinch on the cage briefly but backs out after eating a knee. Lauzon lands a left and clinches. Johnson seizes control of the clinch though and is grinding Lauzon out until breaking. Johnson’s punches have less steam on them now and he is breathing heavily. Nice combo by Johnson. Lauzon rushes but gets taken down by Johnson as the clapper sounds. Few strikes from Johnson as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Johnson (20-17).
Rd. 3- Touch of gloves and we’re under way for the final round. Johnson is just circling to start the round and Lauzon isn’t cutting him off. Inside legkick and a solid combo landed by Johnson. Johnson is teeing off again and he looks incredible. Lauzon in a desperate take down but doesn’t get it. Johnson is light years ahead of Lauzon in the speed department. Lauzon just looks a step behind as Johnson lands at will. Johnson listens to his coaches and lands 1-2 high kick combo. Lauzon again misses a take down and is just taking a beating now. Lauzon seems to be done here as Johnson picks him apart with a minute left. Lauzon’s face is a mess of swelling. Lauzon lands a knee that awakens the crowd but it is too little too late. Johnson with a driving takedown after the clapper sounds and that’s it. MMAFrenzy has the round and the fight for Johnson (30-26).
Michael Johnson def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-25)