Michael Johnson
The Menace


Knocked out by Josh Emmett
March 30, 2019
Johnson lost to Josh Emmett via KO (punch) at 4:14 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Johnson looked quite good in Rounds 1 and 2 before he started getting touched up in Round 3. "The Menace" is known for his aggressive striking style, but he actually did a decent job of slipping out of the way of Emmett's power shots for the vast majority of the fight. Of course, as soon as Emmett did connect, Johnson was out cold before he hit the canvas. He gets hit a ton, but Johnson has been knocked out just twice in his entire career. Johnson is going to be upset with himself as this is a fight he was apparently just seconds from winning.
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Added to Philly card
February 28, 2019
Johnson will take on Josh Emmett in a featherweight matchup at UFC Philadelphia on March 30, PhillyVoice.com reports.
Johnson is a former lightweight that will have a distinct size advantage over Emmett -- four inches in height and three inches in reach, to be exact. He did miss weight for a short-notice fight against Artem Lobov in October, but that will be a less likely scenario with a full fight camp to prepare. With regards to the matchup, Johnson owns the advantage in striking volume and striking differential. While Emmett has the advantage in takedown average, most of that mark is due to registering eight takedowns in his second UFC fight against Scott Holtzman. Johnson holds an experience edge with 17 more professional fights, but Emmett has the better winning percentage, sporting a 4-2 record in the UFC.
Schools Artem Lobov in a striking battle at UFC Moncton
October 27, 2018
Johnson defeated Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Johnson was clearly the better striker in this fight, and it showed. He took the fight on short notice and struggled to make weight. However, he was still able to control the fight with his striking. He continued used his jab to both the head and the body. In the third round, Johnson made sure he took home the decision by turning up the volume and landing multiple combinations. This was an impressive performance for Johnson, who is still trying to reinvent himself at featherweight.
Misses weight but fight still on
October 26, 2018
Johnson missed weight by one pound for Saturday's fight against Artem Lobov but the fight will proceed as scheduled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Johnson replaced Zubaira Tukhugov on very late notice, accepting the fight on Oct. 17. That apparently wasn't quite enough time for him to make weight, but Lobov accepted the fight anyway. As required by UFC rules, 20 percent of Johnson's purse will go to Lobov, but the Russian has promised to return that share out of appreciation for Johnson accepting the fight on short notice.
Gets short-notice fight against Artem Lobov
October 17, 2018
Johnson will step in on short notice to face Artem Lobov in a lightweight matchup at UFC Moncton on Oct. 27.
While Johnson has been in talks to replace the now-removed Zubaira Tukhugov for quite some time, the official announcement comes just 10 days before the scheduled event. Provided Johnson doesn't have a bad weight cut with the short-notice fight, he seemingly enters the matchup with several advantages. He's got an eight-inch reach advantage over Lobov, in addition to much better striking statistics. While both men prefer to keep the fight standing, Johnson could always choose to go for a takedown and exploit the 54 percent takedown defense rate of Lobov. Johnson may be in the midst of a three-fight losing streak, but currently sits as high as a (-500) betting favorite for this matchup.
Earns first victory at featherweight with split decision victory in Lincoln
August 25, 2018
Johnson defeated Andre Fili via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) at UFC Lincoln on Saturday.
Johnson held the advantage in hand speed throughout the fight. He threw a piston-like straight left hand over and over again in the first round. In the second round he faced adversity as Fili locked in a rear-naked choke, but "The Menace" was able to escape the choke and wind up on time. He rained down elbows for the last minute of the round while defending against a triangle choke and armbar. The fight came down to the third round and Johnson was the busier fighter in the early part of the round. He started to slow down towards the end but defended against "Touchy's" takedowns. This was Johnson's first victory at featherweight.