CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 27: Lavar Johnson weighs 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 *** Lavar Johnson
Lavar Johnson defeats Joey Beltran by knockout. The stoppage came at 4:24 in the first round.
Lavar Johnson wanted to touch gloves to open the fight but Joey Beltran was all business. Lavar landed a punch to the body that dropped Beltran but he was unable to finish the fight early. Johnson landed several jabs that kept Beltran at bay as well as a kick that turned Beltran's leg. Beltran looked for a takedown but was shrugged off pretty easily. Beltran was unable to find his range midway through the first round, fighting at the end of Johnson's jab. Nice body shots from Joey Beltran stop the onslaught momentarily but Lavar went back to his jab. Beltran attempted to turn the fight into a brawl but he was stopped with a series of upper cuts that not only dropped the 'Mexicutioner' but also put him out.
Lavar Johnson entered the UFC on a two fight losing streak after the Strikeforce Heavyweight division was killed off. He showed absolutely no signs of octagon jitters in his UFC debut. He is 16-5 in his MMA career and 1-0 in the UFC. Joey Beltran was unable to find his range and suffered his first TKO loss in the UFC. He is now 3-4 in the promotion and 13-7 overall.