JLau explains what happened vs. Johnson

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                    <p>You never know what is going to happen in MMA, which is why you have the fight. That being said, most of the hardcore fanbase was baffled Saturday night at the one-sided shellacking that Joe Lauzon suffered at the hands of Michael Johnson.</p>

Dana White, who is in addition to being president of the UFC is a huge fan of the sport, called it "one of the most lopsided, one-sided beatings you'll ever see in the UFC."

One judge saw fit to call the fight by a nearly unheard of 30-25, reflecting the 116 to 25 strikes imbalance recorded by FightMetric.

"What, did a limb fall off? He kick a limb off?" said White of the score. "Actually, it was close to a limb. That guy had two contusions. That could have been a 30-10."

"First of all, Lauzon looked terrible," continued White. "He looked like he wasn't even there. On the other side, he looked f---ing awesome. It was one of those things where he had the worst night he ever had, and he had the best night he's had in a long time."

Lauzon concurs.

"Dana said it was one of the most lopsided beatings ever," Lauzon told Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole. "I would have to agree. It was pretty bad. That was me at my worst, but I think you have to give credit to Michael and I was so bad because he was at his best. I watched the fight three or four times and he just did a really, really good job."

So what happened?

"Michael Johnson happened," said Lauzon.

"The plan going into the fight was to try to take away his jab. If you try to take away his jab, you have to make him miss by a very narrow margin. Part of that is, you're going to get hit a little bit. We didn't do a very good job at that and that's where the whole plan started.

"Michael Johnson is very tough to take down. He's constantly moving around, he has great footwork and he moves great laterally, from side to side. He does a great job of not coming crazy forward, except when you're in a purely defensive state. I couldn't get going and he tagged me with some really good shots, and that was it."

"It was 100 percent not my night. But I stand by everything I said: I had great sparring partners and I had a great training camp. I was feeling strong. I was feeling fast. I was feeling super confident and I wasn't looking past him, because I knew how super tough he would be. Just looking at myself, I felt I was in great shape and ready to go and he right off the bat took me out of my game. I never really got started and usually, I like to come out and be really aggressive.

"For this fight, it was the opposite a little bit. We wanted him to come forward and we wanted him to throw a little bit so we could close the distance on him. Some people think I wanted to have a boxing match or a kickboxing match or that it was me trying to show off my new improved stand-up."

"That couldn't be the furthest thing from the truth. I was trying to get the fight to the ground. There were a couple of times I got in and got a body lock, and he did a great job of shaking away and getting away. I was trying to set things up, but he did a great job and I could never get things going."

"He had a slight speed advantage on me when we started out at the beginning. If I couldn't catch him when I was at my best, and fresh, it got even worse when he was inflicting damage on me. He fought really smart. He beat me up a lot in the first and basically took the second and rested and kind of coasted a little bit. Then, he beat me up really good in the third. Give Michael credit: He fought a really, really smart fight."

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Props to Lauzon. He made no excuses and gave full credit to MJ. I hope that he gets that bonus record in his next fight.

speed kills.. knew he was dead after a minute of seeing the difference

 

He moves from side to side, eh? Shogun could lean something from Johnson.

joe's honesty is refreshing

Phisher - 


Props to Lauzon. He made no excuses and gave full credit MJ. I hope that he gets that bonus record in his next fight.


Weidman haters could take a page from his book.

Gotta love JL Phone Post

I was going to write a bunch of stuff but in the end Ill just write this. Lauzon, welcome to good boxing and footwork. Johnson did great compared to himself in previous performances but what he did wasnt an extraordinary feat.

The things you seemed to gunning for were fine except you dont have the skill developed for such a gameplan. No footwork or head movement to take away his jab and raising your guard hardly counts as success even when he is coming forward as you said you wanted him to do while he is using you as a punching bag.

We didnt had the full minute in your corner but there wasnt any sense of urgency there whatsoever even in the 3rd round. Ugh. I will just stop typing.

I hope you realize it wasnt just Johnson doing things right. You&your corner did some things wrong as well.

Love you Joe. Tough love. Tough love.

Joe, your still the man

No excuses... Respect! Phone Post

Even bigger fan now. ... giving respect where respect is due

Love this guy, you ask him what happened and he says "well, I got beat up". Not only can he admit he was beat, he'll come back and fight again, he's either crazy or just a bad mother fucker. Phone Post 3.0

Feelz Good - Love this guy, you ask him what happened and he says "well, I got beat up". Not only can he admit he was beat, he'll come back and fight again, he's either crazy or just a bad mother fucker. Phone Post 3.0

I think he's just one crazy, bad mother fucker Phone Post

Did Johnson improve his TDD that much after losing to Madadi and Jury? 

Michael Chase - 

No excuses... Respect! Phone Post



this

So what Joe Lauzon is saying is that Michael Johnson used the side step throughout the fight and pulled the upset.

SIDE STEP = WIN

His take on it is pretty much exactly what I said here after the fight. So many UGers were looking for answers but most were looking solely at Joe, not Michael.

The side step comments are taking over the ug right now lol

meco24 - He moves from side to side, eh? Shogun could lean something from Johnson.

Yep, side step the double leg FTW. Phone Post

Arse Face - So what Joe Lauzon is saying is that Michael Johnson used the side step throughout the fight and pulled the upset.

SIDE STEP = WIN


Correct. Side step beats all.