CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Lightweight opponents Michael Johnson and Shane Roller face off after weighing in during the UFC on FOX official weigh in at the Chicago Theatre on January 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Johnson; Shane Roller
UFC on Fox 2 features a fight at lightweight between Michael Johnson (9-6; 1-2 UFC) and Shane Roller (10-5; 1-2 UFC). This fight is a part of the FUEL TV prelims. Neither fighter is currently ranking according to the USA Today / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings due to their recent losses. The Fuel TV prelims begin this Saturday, January 28 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT, with the main card following on Fox at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Lightweight has always been considered one of the most exciting divisions in MMA with fighters finding a way to throw with immense power yet also maintain a high pace of action. With no clear cut contenders for the lightweight title after Ben Henderson, this fight will be important for both Johnson and Roller as the winner will surely make a jump up in the rankings. This also means that the loser may be in danger of losing his job as there is limited space on the UFC's roster at this current moment.
How do these two stack up?
Johnson: 25 years old | 5'10" | 74.0" reach
Shane Roller: 32 years old | 5'10" | 72.0" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Michael Johnson made his way to the UFC like many before him: as a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter. Johnson was rejected on two previous tryouts (audition?) before finally making it onto the twelfth season. After defeating Pablo Garza to get into the house, Johnson became the top pick for Georges St. Pierre. He lost to teammate Jonathan Brookins in the finale. Since then he's gone 1-1 in the promotion and has at times demonstrated an amazing level of athleticism and toughness.
Shane Roller became a UFC fighter after the WEC merger. A member of Team Takedown, Roller was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State University. After a 6-2 run in the WEC, he made his UFC debut with a stunning win over Thiago Tavares. Unfortunately, he has been finished in his last two fights.
Why should you care?
While neither fighter will be in title contention in the immediate future, both possess the skill-set to make a run at the mid-tier level. Roller is a knockout threat and Johnson is a young fighter with loads of potential which makes this an exciting matchup on paper.
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