Thursday, December 18, 2008

Anthony Johnson's Rising Star Back on Track

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Five months ago the young Anthony Johnson was a rising welterweight star with a 5-1 record and impressive striking skills.

Then came the very contested Kevin Burns fight in which Johnson was winning a very entertaining fight—until Burns started throwing palm strikes with his left hand. He poked Johnson in the eye several times, ending the match with an eye poke that still haunts my dreams.

The ref called the fight a TKO victory for Burns and Johnson required surgery to repair his damaged eye, possibly derailing a very promising MMA career.

Johnson, who entered professional fighting at the age of 22, was a rising young striker with impressive power. He won his first three fights. This earned him a slot on UFC Fight Night 10 and Johnson did not disappoint, winning his match in 13 seconds flat.

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