88.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a boxing match, where Johnson used his speed to pick apart Lobov, while Lobov was mostly trying to land single big shots, but he wasn't connecting very often. I scored the first round for Michael Johnson. The second round was more of the same, with both guys boxing at a steady pace, with Johnson showing off his speed, and Lobov showing off his tank style of boxing. I have Johnson ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I don't feel very confident about that scorecard. That entire fight was a really solid boxing match, and then with 40 seconds left in the final round, Johnson broke out the Goldberg spear, earning the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
87.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The first round was a back & forth kickboxing match, where they were both landing similar shots, and they both controlled the center of the cage about the same amount. That round could probably go either way. To be honest, it looked more like a sparring match though, as neither fighter was really going after the other fighter beyond just basic exchanges.
     In the first round, Fili poked Johnson in the eye with a thumb, and the second round, Johnson started it by kicking Fili in the dick. When the fight started back up, Fili took down Johnson, and quickly took his back. Johnson stood up, and Fili was riding him like a backpack, while they were leaning against the fence. He locked on a rear-naked choke with 2 minutes left to work, but Johnson did a good job squirming his neck out of danger. Johnson spun around into Fili's guard with a minute left in the round, and he worked some decent ground & pound, but he found himself caught in a triangle for a few seconds. The first round was close, but the second round should go to Fili.
     Fili took down Johnson again a minute into the second round, and tried to secure back control again, but Johnson did a good job scrambling back to his feet this time. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes at that sparring pace, while following each other around the cage. This was a close fight, but I think Fili should win at least 29-28. The judges were split, with one judge giving Fili all 3 rounds, and the other two judges gave the split-decision victory to Michael Johnson. He needed this win, and it was a close fight, but I think Fili probably should have taken this one.
90.2
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
7:22
      These guys traded some wild strikes to start the first round, with Johnson landing the harder shots, and rocking Elkins early, but Elkins recovered, and continued to fire back. Johnson rocked Elkins multiple times, as Elkins was having trouble dealing with the speed of Johnson. The rest of the round had Johnson beating the shit out of Elkins, while chasing him around with punches. Elkins threw a few solid shots, but Johnson is clearly the better striker. Round one goes to Johnson.
     They traded a few fast shots to start the second round, and then Elkins caught a kick, and took down Johnson in the center of the cage inside the first 30 seconds. Johnson just kind of curled up in half guard, and Elkins tried to posture up a bit, so he could unload with some big punches. Johnson tried to scramble to his feet, and Elkins took his back in the process, locking on the body triangle immediately. He slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission, after getting dominated in the first round. That was another fantastic finish by Darren Elkins, and a disappointing featherweight debut for Michael Johnson.
94.3
TKO (Punches & Knees)
9:48
      These guys both came out swinging, and it looked like Gaethje was hurt in the opening seconds, but he just smiled and came back swinging with some wild punches. Gaethje landed with a nice combination, capped off with some hard knees from the clinch a minute into the round. Johnson looked fantastic in the opening minute, but everything after that had Gaethje walking him down, while tearing him up with heavy punches & leg kicks. They both landed a TON of heavy punches, some big knees, and then Johnson rocked Gaethje hard in the final 30 seconds, and nearly finished him up against the fence, but Gaethje was saved by the buzzer. That round was fucking insane, and Gaethje looked great for most of it, but Johnson stole that round in the final 30 seconds.
      They both slowed down significantly at the start of the second round, but they were still throwing everything they had at each other. Johnson rocked Gaethje again 90 seconds into the round, and instead of going for the finish, he clinched. They both looked absolutely exhausted halfway through the second round. Gaethje rocked Johnson with 90 seconds left in the second round, Johnson was backing up, on wobbly legs, and Gaethje walked forward, blasted Johnson with some big shots, Johnson fell down, laid there for a few seconds, and Gaethje told him to stand back up. Johnson could barely stay on his feet. He sat down multiple times, Gaethje kept plowing forward, and eventually he dropped Johnson with a flying knee, some punches and a pair of big knees, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was one of the best fights I've ever seen, and Gaethje showed an unbelievable amount of heart, before going in for the kill, late in the second round. That fight was fucking insane. WELCOME TO THE UFC JUSTIN GAETHJE!!!
93.0
Submission (Kimura)
12:31
      The first round was kind of embarrassing for Nurmagomedov, as Johnson spent the first 2 rounds picking him apart with his slick boxing, as Nurmagomedov looked like he had never been in a fight that included punches before. He got rocked early, but he was able to takedown Johnson halfway through the round, and he quickly secured the mounted crucifix, where he dropped some short elbows to the face of Johnson. He opened up with some heavy punches & elbows, as Johnson just floundered around on the ground. Nurmagomedov landed a LOT of big brutal punches & elbows, while absolutely dominating Johnson on the ground. Nurmagomedov landed countless brutal punches to Johnson's head there at the end of the round, leading to what could potentially be a 10-8 round for Nurmagomedov, which is really hard to score, since Johnson dominated him for the first 2 minutes. Either way, Nurmagomedov AT LEAST won that round 10-9, if not 10-8. Nurmagomedov is a fucking MONSTER on the ground!
     Johnson was able to work his boxing for a minute into the second round, Nurmagomedov shot for a takedown, and Johnson slipped out of it pretty easily. Nurmagomedov shot for another takedown, and Johnson slapped on a tight guillotine choke, but Nurmagomedov popped his head out, leaving Nurmagomedov back on top in the mounted crucifix again just 90 seconds into the second round. Nurmagomedov once again dropped countless big punches to the head of Johnson, while pressing his knee into Johnson's throat. In both rounds, he was able to tie up Johnson's arms, leaving him pretty much defenseless, as Nurmagomedov threw constant BRUTAL punches to Johnson's head. I honestly thought Nurmagomedov was going to cause Johnson's head to explode like a watermelon at a Gallagher show. Nurmagomedov AT LEAST won that round 10-8, so he's clearly going to win this fight by decision if something crazy doesn't happen in the final round.
     Nurmagomedov came out swinging with big punches in the final round, he landed some hard shots, and then he took Johnson down again with ease. Johnson turtled up against the fence, and Nurmagomedov continued to do the watermelon smash, as he slammed his sledgehammer fists into Johnson's head from a variety of angles. He tried to setup an arm-triangle choke 90 seconds into the final round, but Johnson was ALMOST able to roll out of it, but Nurmagomedov just landed back in side control again, where he continued to look for submissions. He cranked the shit out of a Kimura, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the final round. That was one of the most brilliant performances I've ever seen, and it should wash away any doubts that people have about whether or not Nurmagomedov deserves a title shot at this point. I think I still have Ferguson ranked above him, but if it's not one of those two, then NOBODY else in the division deserves a shot more than either of them. FANTASTIC win for Nurmagomedov.
90.9
KO (Punches)
1:35
      Johnson came out looking fast, a lot of footwork, a lot of fast punches, he cut Poirier's right cheek early, Poirier landed a few hard punches, but Johnson kept moving, circling around Poirier, and then he blasted him with a massive right hand, followed by a left hand, he knocked him to the ground, and finished him with some heavy punches on the ground. Fantastic first round finish for Michael Johnson, and a much needed win, for Michael Johnson considering he entered this fight on a 2-Fight losing streak, and a HUGE win considering Poirier was on a 4-Fight winning streak. Big upset, with an explosive finish. Congrats to Michael Johnson.
91.7
Decision
15:00
      Holy shit... The first round was really close, with Diaz showing solid boxing skills, and Johnson was kicking the shit out of Nate's lead leg. That round could have gone either way. The second round was 100% Nate Diaz, as he boxed the living shit out of Johnson, punching him a million times in the face, while taunting him, and the crowd was chanting DIAZ, DIAZ, DIAZ!!! This fight is insane!!! The final round was another round for Diaz in my opinion, as he pretty much dominated Johnson with his boxing again, until the very end, when Johnson took him down, Johnson grabbed his back, the bell rang, Diaz rolled for a heel hook, Johnson started kicking at Diaz while on the ground, all the while the referee was trying to stop the fight. VERY interesting end to a wild fight, and in my opinion, Diaz deserves to win this one with a very clear 29-28 decision, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving Diaz the win, 29-28 across the board.
90.7
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight I guess, but I can't help but be a little disappointed with Dariush's lack of a killer instinct in this fight. He kicked the shit out of the legs & body of Johnson, and Johnson rocked him a few times with some nice punch combinations. So really, this fight was all about Dariush's kicks & counters, against Johnson's speed and boxing. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Michael Johnson, even though I WANTED Dariush to win... and uh... Dariush somehow won, via split-decision? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?! Hey, I'm fine with that... I'm not going to complain, but holy shit, Johnson got screwed.
90.5
Decision
15:00
      Oh man! Edson Barboza is a scary dude, and Michael Johnson basically just manhandled him for 15 minutes, beating him up on the feet, taking him down, controlling the pace of the fight, walking down Barboza. This was an extremely one-sided 30-27 fight in favor of Michael Johnson, and a HUGE win, considering Barboza is ranked pretty highly at 155.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Well, I always want Melvin Guillard to come out and destroy people, and lately he's been sort of disappointing me. Michael Johnson brought his A-Game tonight though, and pretty much kicked Melvin's ass in the 2nd & 3rd rounds. I gave the first round to Melvin, but it wasn't anywhere near enough to win the fight for him. Good show by Michael Johnson, and in my opinion, this should put him safely in the Top 10 at 155.
88.0
KO (Punches)
6:32
      Well, this fight was fine I guess. Michael Johnson basically knocked out Tibau early in the second round. Other than that, I can't really remember anything worth mentiniong. This fight almost put me to sleep for some reason. Maybe I'm just too focused on the main events?
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Wow, that sucks for Lauzon. He just got his ass kicked in his hometown, by a guy that I didn't even have ranked in the Top 50 in the division. So yeah, Michael Johnson looked solid, throwing some hard punches, defending well against the takedowns, and overall just outworking Lauzon, but in the end, the fight went to a decision, and in my opinion, Johnson won all 3 rounds.
92.5
Submission (Brabo Choke)
11:33
      Fight of the night maybe? At the weigh-ins, Madadi looked like he was going to eat Johnson's face off, and Johnson pushed him, and the fight BASICALLY started there. Once they actually got in the cage, Madadi was fucking up Johnson pretty badly in the first round, but Johnson ended strong, almost knocking out Madadi, so I gave the first round to Johnson. Madadi once against dominated the second round, so I gave that round to him. The third round was more of Madadi's domination, and he locked on a BRILLIANT brabo choke, forcing Johnson to submit. This was a pretty amazing display of badassery by Reza Madadi. Pretty awesome seeing him fight like that in his hometown.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      Well, I didn't really care about this fight at all, but I guess I was sort of cheering for Michael Johnson. With that being said, he pretty much got his ass handed to him, by Myles Jury's grappling skills, he ran an absolute clinic here, completely negating any sort of offense Johnson might have had. So yeah, Myles Jury crushed him in all 3 rounds with superior wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu skills.
89.4
KO (Punches)
6:06
      This was a pretty good fight. The first round started with Castillo blasting Johnson in the face with a huge punch, knocking him on his ass. From there, Castillo got the mount, and tried to lock on an arm triangle choke, but that didn't work, so he abandoned that idea, and basically just controlled the rest of that round. The second round, Johnson was pissed, and came out throw sharp punches & kicks, eventually knocking Castillo on his ass, and he finished him off with a few hard punches to Castillo's head on the ground. Johnson had a really impressive comeback in this fight!
90.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight ended up being a really good fight, where both fighters were throwing crisp punches & knees, and constantly moving forward towards each other. It was a pretty good boxing/brawl overall, and all 3 rounds were pretty close, but I ended up giving the entire fight to Michael Johnson, and all 3 judges agreed. Really fun fight to watch though.
90.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was awesome. The first two rounds went to Michael Johnson, for outboxing roller, and being able to prevent any grappling offense from being delivered in his direction. The third round, Johnson started with a nice punch & kick combination, but then Roller got on his back, and ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED Johnson for the rest of the round, maybe even to the point where I would score that round as a 10-8 round. There was one point where the referee stopped the fight (due to strikes?), but then said he wasn't stopping it, he was just warning Roller for shots to the back of the head. By the end of the round, Johnson got back on top, and showed a little bit of ground & pound of his own, probably bringing it back to a 10-9 round, so in the end, I think everyone gave this fight to Johnson, 29-28. Johnson threw a jumping front kick to Roller's balls with about 20 seconds left on the clock, which was interesting, but luckily they didn't stop the fight for long. Really good fight by both guys.
90.9
Submission (Heel Hook)
3:00
      I love leg locks in MMA, because they're so infrequent compared to chokes & arm locks. This fight was pretty good, with Michael Johnson getting the best of the exchanged on the feet, but once Sass pulled guard (and then "pulled mount" which was weird), but he was able to secure a leg, and he just got tighter, and tighter, until eventually Johnson wasn't able to escape at all, and was forced to submit before his leg was ripped off. Another awesome submission victory for Paul Sass.
89.7
TKO
(Punches)
4:42
     This was a pretty good fight, Faaloloto throwing some hard punches, and showing solid striking skills, but once Johnson was able to find his pace, it was all over. Johnson got the clinch, threw a ton of knees to the body of Faaloloto, he threw some hard elbows, knocked him down with a big punch, and finished him off with some brutal hammer fists. Michael Johnson looked awesome in this fight.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      Nice! Jonathan Brookins is this season's Ultimate Fighter Champion! This dude is a solid wrestler, with tons of heart, but his standup leaves a lot to be desired. Michael Johnson on the other hand, started off strong in the first round, knocking Brookins to the ground with a big punch, so he won that round, but ultimately, Brookins just outwrestled him during the 2nd & 3rd rounds, securing the unanimous decision victory for himself. Pretty good fight overall.
88.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Johnson shot for a takedown 15 seconds into the opening round, Phan threw up some elbows from his guard, and they stood back up. Johnson took him down again 15 seconds later, and pounded on Phan with some punches near the fence before standing up again. That traded strikes for a minute or so before Johnson took Phan down again. They stood back up, and continued to trade strikes until the end of the round, with Johnson busting up Phan's face a little bit. I scored the first round for Michael Johnson.
     The second round was a pretty even boxing match for a couple of minutes, until Johnson shot for a takedown, Phan stuffed it, ended up on top, beat up Johnson with some bully style punches on the ground, before standing back up again a few seconds later. They spent the rest of the round boxing with each other at a pretty decent pace, with Johnson ending the round in control, beating up Phan with some nice combinations. That was a close round, but I scored it for Johnson, and have him ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it could be all tied up.
     The final round had some strikes being exchanges, and then Johnson dumped Phan to the ground halfway through the round, but he wasn't able to hold him down long enough to accomplish anything more than the takedown. The rest of the round was filled with more boxing, and it might have been enough to win that round for Phan. In the end, I could see this fight going either way, but I scored it 29-28 for Johnson, and two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory as he moves on to the finals.
89.8
Decision
10:00
      Caceres danced around the outside trying to keep Johnson at bay, but it only took 30 seconds for Johnson to break through Caceres's kicks, to take him down near the fence. Caceres kicked him off and stood back up a few seconds later. Johnson continued to fire big punches at him, knocking his mouthpiece across the cage with a clean left hand. Johnson threw some more punches and then violently threw Caceres to the ground. They stood back up, and Johnson continued to bash Caceres with violent punches & knees until the end of the round, while taking a few breaks to press him into the fence while clinching. Round one clearly goes to Michael Johnson.
     Johnson took Caceres down again 20 seconds into the second round, landing in side control, where he pounded on him with short elbows. Caceres struggled to pull guard, but Johnson did a good job staying just outside of reach, at least for a minute or so. They eventually stood back up, traded some wild strikes, and then Johnson grabbed Caceres's back from a scramble, but Caceres threw him off, tried to mount him, but Johnson scrambled back to his feet. Johnson took Caceres down again, and finished out the round on top beating up Caceres with some basic ground & pound. I scored this fight 20-18 for Johnson, and all 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Johnson via unanimous decision after two hard fought rounds.
90.2
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
10:37
      Johnson started this fight by showing off his explosive boxing skills, he took Wilkinson down 30 seconds into the round, they stood back up, and Johnson continued to pick him apart with his slick boxing. Johnson blasted Wilkinson with some hard knees from the clinch, and then Wilkinson finally took him down with 90 seconds left in the round. From there, Wilkinson beat up Johnson for the rest of the round with punches & elbows on the ground. I thought Johnson was running away with that round, but Wilkinson made it a lot closer there in the last 90 seconds. I'm not really sure who won that round to be honest.
     Johnson landed some hard punches early in the second round, but Wilkinson really applied a lot of pressure after that, taking Johnson down again, this time 2 minutes into the round, so he had plenty of time to work. Wilkinson worked a little bit of ground & pound, until Johnson stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes, with Johnson probably landing the better strikes, but I don't know if it was enough to steal the round after Wilkinson's early pressure. You could easily have this fight tied up after the first two rounds, so I'm glad that it went to a third round.
     They were both completely gassed going into the final round, so I was glad that it ended quickly. They traded some hard punches, Johnson knocked down Wilkinson, he pinned him, destroyed him with some heavy punches & elbows, Wilkinson gave up his back, Johnson locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission 37 seconds into the third round. That was a great fight overall, and a really impressive win for Michael Johnson.
88.0
Decision
10:00
      Garza threw some wild kicks, Johnson took him to the ground, and spent the rest of the fight beating the shit out of him with big punches & elbows on the ground. Johnson has some scary ground & pound skills. The same thing basically happened in both rounds, resulting in the unanimous decision victory for Michael Johnson.
N/A
Decision
3:09
(Unaired)