The disclaimer on Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson’s UFC Fight Night 24 bout on Saturday night in Seattle read, “Don’t Blink or You Might Miss It.”
The fight didn’t live up to it’s billing, but most fights that promise an explosive knockout rarely do.
Johnson dropped Hardy early with a left head kick, tried to finish with a choke, but Hardy survived and returned to his feet, but that sequence would be the only spark of the fireworks promised.
Johnson quickly put Hardy right back on the mat, looking to finish with the hammers that are disguised as his fists. Hardy searched for submissions, but Johnson easily powered out of everything Hardy went after.
Hardy then looked to get his striking going in round two, but Johnson quickly shot the double-leg and again put the Brit on his back. Hardy tried for more submissions, but Johnson was too powerful and continued punishing him with punches while he defended his Kimura attempts.
Going for a different approach in the final round, Hardy immediately shot for the takedown, but Johnson powered him to his back, continuing his fight-long ground and pound attack. Hardy again made it back to his feet, but ate a knee for his efforts and quickly was taken back to the mat where Johnson took full back mount, pummeling Hardy.
The Brit rolled, but Johnson synched on an arm triangle choke. Hardy survived the choke and the ensuing neck crank, but Johnson dominated the fight, earning the unanimous nod of the judges.