In Lightweight preliminary action, Michael Johnson defeated Shane Roller by Unanimous decision. All three ringside judges scored the fight 29-28. The win improves Michael Johnson's record in the UFC to 2-2 and 10-6 overall. Shane Roller drops to 1-3 in the UFC and 10-6 overall.
Michael Johnson has shown signs of brilliance in his UFC career before making a mental error which ultimately costs him the fight. Saturday night he took the best that Shane Roller had to offer and came out victorious, though he still was close to getting submitted. Shane Roller may not have the best record in the UFC but he is a tough match up for anyone in the lightweight division.
What was the high spot of this fight?
There high point is definitely Michael Johnson surviving the body triangle and rear naked choke attempts before reversing position and taking top control.
Where do these guys go from here?
Michael Johnson picked up a much needed win over a solid lightweight with fantastic wrestling and submission grappling. While there should be no expectation that he'll be ranked in the top 25 of the division, the win showed that he's made big improvements in his boxing and defensive wrestling. That he kept his head when caught in the body triangle means that he's maturing as a fighter.
Shane Roller went from being one of the most impressive guys in the WEC to a fighter on a three fight losing streak. If he gets another shot he's going to be fighting with his back against the wall in the opening fight of the night. There shouldn't be any surprise or outrage if he receives his pink slip either.
Watch it now, later or never?
Later. Michael Johnson fought a smart fight but there's really no rush to see the fight.
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