Monday, October 26, 2009

Johnson destroys Yoshida, any chance he gets KO of the Night?

October 26, 2009
Originally posted on

Can anyone say Thiago Alves? Anthony Johnson's fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida was eerily similar to Alves win over Matt Hughes at UFC 85. Alves missed weight by four pounds and then ran roughshod over Hughes. Johnson missed in Los Angeles by an unreal six pounds at 176 and then scored a 41 second knockout of Yoshida to open the pay-per-view portion of UFC 104.

In the end, the size probably didn't make that much of a difference but it's a matter of principle. Clearly, Johnson should be leader in the clubhouse for a huge Knockoiut of the Night bonus, but does the UFC want to reward a guy who missed weight so badly? The bonuses will probably be good for at least $60,000.

"I'm sorry to the UFC. I'm sorry to the fans," Johnson told the crowd at Staples Center. "I tried to make weight. The reason I got so heavy was knee injury I suffered training for Matt Brown."

Rumors had it that Johnson started camp at 220 pounds. On Friday morning, he still weighed 180 and was then seen being carried back to the fighter hotel by his manager Ken Pavia just a 80 minutes before the weigh-in.

The 25-year-old Johnson (9-2, 5-2 UFC) has picked up five wins in the UFC, all by pretty devastating knockouts. Believe it or not, the 41 second KO is only the second fastest of Johnson's career. He beat Chad Reiner in 13 seconds. He also took out Tommy Speer in 51 seconds.

Cagewriter hosts the only UFC 104 postfight show from Staples Center starting at 1:30 a.m. ET. Listen here.


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