Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson
Round 1: Johnson lands first with an outside leg kick. Johnson circles and throws his jab. Johnson lands a combination. Johnson goes to the body with a left hand. Lauzon presses forward. Johnson lands to the body again. Lauzon steps in with a right hand. Johnson continues to land to the body of Lauzon. Johnson lands a straight left that knocks Lauzon down. Lauzon gets back to his feet. Johnson goes on the offensive. He lands a right hand. Lauzon fires back with a right hand of his own. Johnson sticks and moves. He lands a left hook. Lauzon unable to get anything going thus far. Johnson lands to the body. He moves in and lands a big uppercut. Johnson lands a straight left and another that knocks Lauzon down. Johnson lets Lauzon up. Johnson swarms him in the closing seconds. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Johnson.
Round 2: Lauzon takes the center of the cage. Johnson has a definite speed advantage. Lauzon ties him up. He presses Johnson against the cage. Johnson frees himself and they’re back at distance. Johnson lands to the body. Lauzon lands a jab. Johnson is either pacing himself of has slowed. Lauzon lands a left hand. Johnson fires back. Lauzon lands a combination. They clinch. Lauzon delivers a knee and an uppercut. They separate. Lauzon closes the distance and they work for position along the cage. Johnson lands a knee to the body and backs away. Johnson lands to the body. Lauzon presses forward. Johnson steps in with a combination. Lauzon moves forward and Johnson changes levels and takes Lauzon down. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 3: Johnson continues to land to the body in the third. Johnson delivers a left hand followed by an inside leg kick. Johnson lands a combination. He lands another combination and a knee to the body. Johnson lands a high kick. Lauzon tries to get the fight to the ground but Johnson stuffs the attempt. Johnson throwing punches in bunches. He lands his jab. Johnson lands a nasty uppercut. Lauzon covers and Johnson lands shots. Lauzon looks to be in survival mode. Lauzon lands a straight right hand. Lauzon presses forward. He steps in with a knee to the body. Johnson secures a big takedown in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
The judges score the fight for Johnson by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 30-25.