Michael Johnson Discusses Not Finishing Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 26
Posted by Larry Csonka on 08.20.2013
- Michael Johnson recently spoke about his fight with Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 26. Here are the highlights…
n Preparing For Joe Lauzon: "We definitely did our homework on Joe. We knew he's not really a counter-shooter, going in taking shots off people's punches, and we exposed that in the fight. We definitely didn't have to worry about his takedowns."
On Not Finishing Him: "I wanted to finish him, but I didn't want to finish him early," Johnson said. "I'm really glad the fight went the way it did. I would have rather finished him in the third, but if I would have knocked him out in the first round, you would have had the critics saying, 'He got lucky. He threw a lucky punch.' But it's pretty hard to deny a 15-minute performance. It doesn't leave any doubts in people's minds."
On Sticking to His Gameplan: "I said 'I got this' as soon as the fight was over," Johnson said. "Joe is dangerous; he could have thrown an ankle lock like he did against Jim Miller, and I'm not as seasoned as Jim on the ground, so I could have slipped up. It was always in the back of my mind to stay focused and to fight 15 minutes. Don't take any second off."
On His Next Opponent: "It's whoever they want to give me," he said. "I don't want anybody that won't boost me up. I want somebody that's either in the top 10 or close to. I can't call anybody out right now. I've got to go back and look at some guys and figure out who I want to go after next."