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February 14, 2018 Kajan Johnson News
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Rustam Khabilov was forced to withdraw from UFC London on March 17 due to an injury, paving the way for Johnson to take on Stevie Ray in the lightweight bout, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
At this point in time, there has been no word on the specifics of Khabilov's injury, but the promotion was able to find a replacement for Johnson without too much difficulty. "Ragin" will look to secure a fourth-straight victory when he matches up against Ray, which follows his win over Adriano Martins in September that gave him three straight victories since falling in his UFC debut. Ray hasn't fought since July, when his two-fight win streak was snapped by a loss to Paul Felder via TKO (elbows) in Scotland.
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Fantasy AnalysisJohnson took part in just one fight in 2017, achieving a knockout against Adriano Martins at UFC 215 in September in what was his first fight in nearly two years. After falling in his UFC debut, Johnson has now managed to rattle off three straight wins, but his opponent is riding a hot streak of his own, with Khabilov entering March's fight with five straight UFC victories under his belt.
Fantasy AnalysisJohnson's first fight in nearly two years was a successful one. He spent the majority of the contest running away from Martins but he still managed to land a few big counter punches here and there. The finish came when a short shot along the fence connected with the side of Martins' head and sent him sprawling to the mat. He rarely fights, but Johnson is now 3-1 in the UFC and is riding a three-fight winning streak. There still isn't a whole heck of a lot to get excited about regarding Kajan, but this was a nice effort in front of many family members and friends in his native Canada.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite being the far better athlete and much better fighter, Johnson was unable to finish the durable Kotani. Johnson put on a boxing clinic for the first two rounds, but he spent virtually all of the third round on his back. Considering his massive striking advantage, it is a disappointment that Johnson couldn't garner a stoppage in this fight. Johnson lost his UFC debut to Tae Hyun Bang in June 2014, but he's won two in a row since.