Not only did Joe Lauzon have local support when he took on Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, but the noted finisher was the consensus favourite heading into their bout. The fight ended up being anything but competitive, however, as Johnson battered Lauzon en route to a unanimous decision win. UFC President Dana White called the fight one of the most “lopsided, onesided beatings you’ll ever see in the UFC.”
So, what happened? Speaking to Yahoo Sports after the fight, Lauzon was quick to praise Johnson for his efforts and offered no excuses for the loss. Here is some of what the rugged vet had to say.
“Michael Johnson happened,” Lauzon said.
“The plan going into the fight was to try to take away his jab,” Lauzon added. “If you try to take away his jab, you have to make him miss by a very narrow margin. Part of that is, you’re going to get hit a little bit. We didn’t do a very good job at that and that’s where the whole plan started.””
“Michael Johnson is very tough to take down. He’s constantly moving around, he has great footwork and he moves great laterally, from side to side. He does a great job of not coming crazy forward, except when you’re in a purely defensive state. I couldn’t get going and he tagged me with some really good shots, and that was it.”
It was without question, an extremely impressive win for Johnson, whose striking and footwork looked great. It was also a massively important win for the TUF vet, as he had dropped back-to-back losses to Myles Jury and Reza Madadi heading heading into August 17th.