- Michael Johnson finished Alan Patrick with a knockout on Saturday at UFC Apex.
- The result ended a four-fight skid as Johnson won his first fight since 2018.
LAS VEGAS – American lightweight Michael Johnson has made his cfu The opponent plants their face with a devastating second-round knockout victory on Saturday at the Apex in Las Vegas.
Johnson gave Patrick a taste of his superior power early in the first round when he stunned him with crisp, precise and stinging boxing.
Although he himself was stunned by return shots later in the round, he showed variety with his punching output by landing a spinning back fist among more traditional punches.
In the second, both fighters fled. Johnson hit Patrick with counter kicks, inside leg kicks and hooking punches.
A four-hit combo, a left hook, then two afters when Patrick looked beaten and helpless sealed the result.
Watch the knockout victory here:
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Victory moved Johnson’s pro forward mma record at 20 wins (nine knockouts, two submissions and nine decisions) against 17 losses.
Notably, he held off a four-game losing streak as the win over Patrick was his first since a 2018 decision over Artem Lobov at a UFC Fight Night event in Canada.
“It’s been a rough, rough and difficult journey,” Johnson said, referring to his losing run in a post-fight statement to UFC commentator and former champion Michael Bisping.
“I was in a dark place and a black hole. I saw light and came out of this black hole.”
Earlier on the card, a rising American MMA fighter Andre Petroski sent Nick Maximov to sleep with a nasty choke after only 76 seconds.
Viviane Araujo earned a bruising UFC victory after a first-round kick that could have knocked her out of her mind.
The Brazilian fighter’s win was overshadowed, however, when her opponent’s cornerman Andrea Lee You could hear Tony Kelley say, “That’s what they’re gonna do, they’re fucking Brazilians.
“They’ll cheat like that,” Kelley added.
The comments were heard during the ESPN+ live stream.
Prominent light heavyweights Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic competed in the main event.