Michael Johnson
The Menace

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Outworked by Clay Guida in Vegas
LightweightUFC
February 6, 2021
Johnson lost to Clay Guida via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Johnson has been with the UFC since December 4, 2010, but it's going to be exceedingly difficult for the company to justify giving him another shot. Dating back to August 2015, Johnson -- who has lost four straight -- is 2-9. Yes, a good portion of the setbacks early in that stretch came against high-end competition (Khabib Nurmagomedov, Nate Diaz, Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush), but struggling in a fight like this one against an aging veteran such as Guida is cause to blast the alarm. Johnson's offensive and defensive production appear to be deteriorating, and his cardio looks questionable, at best. Simply put, there is no reason to expect any sort of improvement from the 34-year-old moving forward. If this is indeed it, Johnson has had quite a run with the company. Included on his resume are wins over Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, and Edson Barboza.
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Set to return in February
LightweightUFC
November 28, 2020
Johnson (undisclosed) will take on Clay Guida in a lightweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Johnson is coming off one of the most disastrous losses of his career, as he lost to Thiago Moises via submission (heel hook) at 0:25 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night in May. He was handed a 180-day medical suspension following the loss, but he should be able to return in February as he attempts to snap a three-fight losing streak. Guida has lost three of his last four fights, most recently losing to Bobby Green via unanimous decision in June. Johnson carries advantages in both height and reach.
Dished out max medical suspension
LightweightUFC
May 14, 2020
Johnson was suspended 180 days by the Florida Boxing Commission on Thursday pending a physician's clearance, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Johnson suffered one of the most devastating losses of his pro career Wednesday, and to add insult to injury, he could be facing a mandatory six months on the sidelines. While the Florida commission does not disclose injury specifics, Johnson's leg was twisted in all sorts of directions before he ultimately tapped, so it's possible ligament damage to the lower leg is in play.
Taps out to Thiago Moises
LightweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Johnson lost to Thiago Moises via submission (heel hook) at 0:25 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Entering on a two-fight losing streak and sporting a 2-5 record in his past seven fights, Johnson dominated the first round. He used his quick hands and constant pressure to keep Moises off balance. 25 seconds after the bell rang for Round 2, Johnson was tapping out. It was a fight "The Menace" had to have and he didn't get it. Johnson's career is one of the most baffling in MMA history. He has wins over Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, and Edson Barboza on his resume, along with losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, and Nate Diaz. Johnson has been fighting the best in the world for years but time and inconsistency seem to have finally caught up with the soon-to-be 34-year-old.
Aims to fight in Jacksonville
LightweightUFC
April 29, 2020
Johnson has verbally agreed to face Thiago Moises in a lightweight matchup May 13 in Jacksonville, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Johnson was originally scheduled to take on Khama Worthy on April 18 on the since-canceled UFC 249 card. UFC matchmakers will keep the long-time veteran in their immediate plans, however, this time giving him an opponent that is 1-2 in three attempts with the company. Johnson will enter this fight with height and reach advantages, and a far superior striking volume.
Moved to UFC 249
LightweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Johnson will now take on Khama Worthy in a lightweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
Johnson was originally set to face Evan Dunham, but it appears that matchup has fallen through, as the event was likely to be moved entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson desperately needs a win here against an opponent with just one UFC bout to his name, as he's come up short in five of his last seven bouts. Worthy, on the other hand, picked up a Performance of the Night bonus in his first and only fight with the company.