Round 1: They start off a little slow, both fighters trying to find their range and rhythm. They trade some solid strikes about a minute and a half in, but neither taking the reigns yet. Johnson is trying to get inside Ferguson’s length, landing a solid combination. Johnson dropped Ferguson briefly. Johnson is starting to work Ferguson’s legs with low kicks, and is establishing himself as the more aggressive fighter in round one. Ferguson is having trouble finding a rhythm, whereas Johnson seems to be getting more comfortable as the round wears on. But Ferguson lands a strong kick to the body, followed by a punch combination as the round closes out. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 2: Ferguson being much more aggressive in this round, but neither fighter has distanced himself a lot as the round wears on. With just 2 minutes left in the round, Johnson unleashes a brutal combination, rocking Ferguson, although he recovers quickly. But it’s Johnson that seems more comfortable in the fight, patiently countering, and being more accurate with his strikes. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 3: Ferguson again tries to get more aggressive, likely sensing that he’s behind on the scorecards. But it’s still Johnson that is more accurate, finding a home for more of his punches. Johnson keeps landing, but eats a hard right hand from Ferguson and goes to one knee briefly. Ferguson is pressing forward more, trying to get in on Johnson, but he needs to do something significant before the round is up. Johnson catches him and starts pressing the action on Ferguson in the final minute and a half. He’s not letting up. Johnson mixes up a bunch of punch combinations and throws in a jumping knee, not giving Ferguson any chance of getting back in this fight. He tags Ferguson several times before the final bell. MMAWeekly.com scores roun three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Johnson.
Michael Johnson def. Tony Ferguson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3