Johnson: We definitely did our homework on Joe [Lauzon]

 

Michael Johnson gave the best performance of his career on Saturday, decidely beating Joe Lauzon for three rounds at the UFC on FOX Sports in Boston. Johnson was a two to one underdog coming into the bout, but as he told MMAJunkie, he was well-prepared for his bout with Lauzon:

"We definitely did our homework on Joe," Johnson, who spoiled Massachusetts native Lauzon's homecoming via unanimous decision, told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "We knew he's not really a counter-shooter, going in taking shots off people's punches, and we exposed that in the fight. We definitely didn't have to worry about his takedowns."

"I wanted to finish him, but I didn't want to finish him early," Johnson said. "I'm really glad the fight went the way it did. I would have rather finished him in the third, but if I would have knocked him out in the first round, you would have had the critics saying, 'He got lucky. He threw a lucky punch.'

"But it's pretty hard to deny a 15-minute performance. It doesn't leave any doubts in people's minds."

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donkey guard site profile image  

8/20/13 9:21 PM by donkey guard

Great win for mj. I thought creepy could handle him but it wasn't meant to be. Micheal looked like he finally found his stride at black zillions

Osbot site profile image  

8/20/13 8:48 PM by Osbot

Joe is a classy guy. Not one generally to make excuses. He may have felt he wasn't at the top of his game, but he isn't going to say it.

Kings21 site profile image  

8/20/13 8:35 PM by Kings21

lol. No, not at all. I'm sure he felt great and was well prepared. I just differ in opinion and dont think he fought as well as he's capable.

kingjames100 site profile image  

8/20/13 8:22 PM by kingjames100

You callin' Joe a liar?

Kings21 site profile image  

8/20/13 8:21 PM by Kings21

could've. My point in saying that was that I was impressed with how Johnson looked. I dont mean to take anything away from him with saying I thought Lauzon looked off. Johnson fought great. I just dont think Joe fought his best, despite him saying he felt great and was prepared and all that. On the flip side, as I mentioned earlier, the fight reminded me of Diaz vs Cerrone. I'm a fan of both guys but still thought that Cerrone looked horribly off his game right from the start while Diaz looked the best he had ever looked.

MRXC site profile image  

8/20/13 7:55 PM by MRXC

I was impressed, I really thought we had seen everything Michael Johnson had to offer inside the octagon. He brought it to Joe from the opening bell and really showed that he is still a growing fighter who hasn't reached his full potential yet.

CindyO site profile image  

8/20/13 7:48 PM by CindyO

This.Cindy

Evzey site profile image  

8/20/13 7:07 PM by Evzey

Not sure why but something about Johnson rubs me the wrong way

TBidness site profile image  

8/20/13 6:59 PM by TBidness

Johnson looked phenom, best we've ever seen. His stand up has improved immensely, I can't wait to see who he gets next.

TBidness site profile image  

8/20/13 6:59 PM by TBidness

Johnson looked phenom, best we've ever seen. His stand up has improved immensely, I can't wait to see who he gets next.