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Old 01-29-2012, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lavar Johnson 'scores big'.




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CHICAGO – Welcome to the big show, Lavar Johnson.

Johnson, the first Strikeforce heavyweight to compete in the UFC following the recent Showtime-Strikeforce television deal, managed to accomplish something no other UFC fighter had ever done to Joey Beltran: stop him with strikes.

The fight took place on the FUEL TV-televised preliminary card of Saturday's UFC on FOX 2 event, which took place at Chicago's United Center.

"I've been told I hit really hard," Johnson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following his performance, which earned a $65,000 "Knockout of the Night" award.

Johnson's thudding right hand to the body dropped Beltran early in round one, but the "Mexicutioner" eventually made his way back to his feet. However, from the outset, it was apparent the power and size of Johnson – who had a 24-pound weight advantage in the bout – would likely be too much to overcome.

"Joey came in pretty light," Johnson said. "I've never seen him at 228 (pounds). I thought he was going to be a little faster and move around, but he's not built really good, so I went to his body (early in the fight)."

After Johnson stuffed a few takedowns from a desperate Beltran with ease, he began to take his time and land his jab at will on his opponent's chin.

"I saw him getting tired," Johnson said. "I was calm the whole fight and just waiting for my opportunity. I didn't chase him. I just kept him in front of me and allowed him to come in and make mistakes. And he did."

The ending came at the 4:24 mark into the opening stanza as Johnson connected with a big right hand and followed up with a series of uppercuts that put Beltran out.

It was Johnson's (16-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) first win since October 2010, when he knocked out another undersized heavyweight in Virgil Zwicker. Meanwhile, Beltran (13-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) is now 1-4 in his past five fights and likely headed back to the regional circuit.

Johnson came into the night on a two-fight losing streak after losing to Shane Del Rosario and Shawn Jordan, both by submission. A win he needed, and a win he earned.

"It's been a big 180 (degrees), coming off of two losses thinking those were guys I probably should have beat," Johnson said. "I really needed a win. I had two losses, and this didn't sit good. You're only as good as your last fight no matter what."

And the fact that it all came together for him on a FOX card and in front of a sold-out arena was simply icing on the cake for the newcomer.

"Chicago is a great city," Johnson said. "I had a good time here. To me, being able to perform where Michael Jordan played and everything, it's awesome. It was a tremendous experience."

So when will we likely see him make his return trip to the octagon?

"As soon as possible," Johnson said. "My knuckles are a little sore. He has a really hard head. Other than that, I'm ready to go.

"I'm going to keep my cardio and keep training back on Monday. If they call me in two weeks, then I'll be ready."
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I kind of want to see him fight Shane Carwin.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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"Johnson, the first Strikeforce heavyweight to compete in the UFC following the recent Showtime-Strikeforce television deal"



did they not see the Overeem/Lesnar fight? i thought the new TV deal was announced in Dec.

regardless, big win for Johnson
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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"Johnson, the first Strikeforce heavyweight to compete in the UFC following the recent Showtime-Strikeforce television deal"



did they not see the Overeem/Lesnar fight? i thought the new TV deal was announced in Dec.

regardless, big win for Johnson
Overeem was released from Strikeforce.
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When all the Strikeforce HW's come to teh UFC, the division will be crazy... I can barely wait.
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Skill is way more important than physique; we can all agree on that, but when I see a guy like this and a guy like Russow I wonder how guys like Russow ever make it into the professional sport of mma.

You wouldn't see guys that look like that in the NBA or the NHL.

I was slightly embarrassed not only for the boring fight he and einemo put on, but also for Russow's physique.

Back to the Op... Lavar looked like a patient, seasoned vet out there. I'd like to see him battle Mitrione or Kongo next.
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Overeem was released from Strikeforce.
Well technically all of them have been released. I kinda of get what they are saying but Overeem was actually the first, IMO.
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Back to the Op... Lavar looked like a patient, seasoned vet out there. I'd like to see him battle Mitrione or Kongo next.
Me too, wow who that is just a human and fight fan wouldn't want to see hard hitting guys with similar gameplans go at it. But you know it's gonna happen sooner or later that they put him against his weakness and he will have to pull off something Barryesque to survive.
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Lavar look great last night.

At the beginning I was like "what? this guy looks like he's fighting in a show in front of 20 people" and after that, he knocks the **** out of Beltran, a guy with amazing chin.

Great job by Mr. Johnson.

I wanna see him vs. Carwin or Mitrione next.
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He looked pretty bad last night. But I mean bad in a good way Hopefully they give him Pat Barry, Gonzaga or Russow next.
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