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"The Menace"

Michael Johnson

Lightweight Division • 20-17-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 8
    Wins by Knockout
  • 2
    Wins by Submission
  • 10
    Wins by Decision
Striking accuracy 37% 37%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
1007
Sig. Strikes Attempted
2692
Grappling accuracy 45% 45%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
8
Takedowns Attempted
20
4.15
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
3.82
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
0.56
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.06
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
59
%
Sig. Str. Defense
79
%
Takedown Defense
0.56
Knockdown Ratio
11:33
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
883 (88%)
Clinch
84 (8%)
Ground
40 (4%)

Sig. Str. by target

54% 539 Head 29% 293 Body 17% 175 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
8 (40%)
DEC
10 (50%)
SUB
2 (10%)

Event Results

Biography

Status
Active
Hometown
St. Louis, United States
Trains at
Team Michael Johnson
Fighting style
Wrestling
Age
34
Height
70.00
Weight
155.00
Octagon Debut
Dec. 05, 2010
Reach
73.50
Leg reach
41.00
Q & A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started in 2007. I was done with football and wrestling in college and needed the competition. I felt like I would be very successful in the sport and loved it.

What ranks and titles have you held? TUF 12 finalist,XCF ammy title at 155, MID mo ammy title at 155. XCF pro title at 155

Do you have any heroes? The biggest hero in my life right now is my mother.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me. It’s always been my goal ever since I started and I’m not letting it go to waste. On the other hand, if I can’t entertain the fans and live up to my ability, it wouldn't mean anything.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes. A couple of colleges, no degrees yet, but I plan on finishing and earning my degrees.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a full-time student and worked full time as a server; somehow I managed to do both while fighting full time as well.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 5-0 with two titles

Favorite grappling technique: Double and single legs. I also love the triangle.

Favorite Striking technique: Everything - knees, punches, kicks, and elbows.

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Michael Johnson celebrates his knockout victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at State Farm Arena on September 17, 2016 in Hidalgo, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
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HIDALGO, TX - SEPTEMBER 17:   (R-L) Michael Johnson punches Dustin Poirier in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at State Farm Arena on September 17, 2016 in Hidalgo, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)