- Michael Johnson completed Alan Patrick with a highlight-reel knockout Saturday on the UFC Apex.
- The outcome introduced an finish to a four-fight skid as Johnson received his first bout since 2018.
- “I was in a dark place, a dark hole,” he mentioned. “I saw some light and I got out of that dark hole.”
LAS VEGAS — American light-weight Michael Johnson made his UFC opponent face-plant the canvas with a devastating second-round knockout win Saturday on the Apex in Las Vegas.
Johnson gave Patrick a style of his awesome energy early within the first around when he dazed him with crisp, correct, stinging boxing.
Though he was once dazed himself with go back fireplace later within the around, he confirmed selection along with his strike output by way of touchdown a spinning backfist among extra conventional photographs.
In the second one, each combatants slugged away. Johnson hit Patrick with counter photographs, within leg kicks, and crowd pleasing punch flurries.
A four-punch combo, a left hook, after which two afters when Patrick regarded overwhelmed and defenseless sealed the end result.
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Victory complex Johnson’s professional MMA document to twenty wins (9 knockouts, two submissions, and 9 selections) towards 17 losses.
Notably, it bucked a four-fight shedding run because the win over Patrick was once his first since a 2018 choice towards Artem Lobov at a UFC Fight Night tournament in Canada.
“The journey was rough, rough and tough,” Johnson mentioned, referencing his shedding run in a post-fight commentary to the UFC commentator and previous champion Michael Bisping.
“I was in a dark place and a dark hole. I saw some light and I got out of that dark hole.”
Earlier at the card, surging American MMA fighter Andre Petroski despatched Nick Maximov to sleep with an uncongenial chokehold after simply 76 seconds.
Viviane Araujo romped to a bruising UFC win after a first-round kick that may have taken her head off.
The Brazilian fighter’s win was once overshadowed, even though, when her opponent Andrea Lee’s cornerman Tony Kelley may well be heard pronouncing: “That’s what they’re going to do, they’re dirty fucking Brazilians.
“They’re going to fucking cheat like that,” Kelley added.
The feedback had been heard all over the are living ESPN+ broadcast.
Prominent mild heavyweights Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic competed in the principle tournament.