34-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 22-12-1
April 19, 2018 Kajan Johnson News
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Johnson will face off against Islam Makhachev in a lightweight matchup at a UFC on FOX event in July, MMAFighting.com reports.
The event is expected to take place in Calgary, though the UFC has yet to make an official location announcement. Johnson has emerged victorious in four consecutive UFC bouts, but cut it a little close of late, escaping with a split-decision victory against Stevie Ray in March. He's outlanded his opponent in terms of significant strikes in each of his past three bouts, but has also been susceptible to the takedown at times, sporting a takedown defense rate of 66 percent. Though Johnson will hold a four-inch reach advantage over Makhachev, that could be negated quickly if the latter gets this fight to the ground quickly, as he's done in most of his UFC bouts.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe first round was very uneventful as Johnson stayed on the outside and basically just tried to avoid Ray's strikes. Johnson landed a few kicks to Ray's calf, but neither fighter did much damage. In the second round, Johnson landed a huge straight right followed by a head kick that hurt Ray. "Ragin" shot for a takedown and found himself in a deep guillotine choke. He was able to escape and took "Braveheart's" back. He then landed another takedown before the end of the round. In the third round Ray hurt Johnson with some strikes and had Johnson wobbled. Johnson ended up getting a takedown as Ray pursued him, but didn't do much on the ground and the fighters were stood up. Johnson got taken down to end the round, and Ray ended the fight on top. It was a fight that could have been scored either way, and both fighters displayed great technique in striking and on the ground. The fight likely swung on who won the second round.
Fantasy AnalysisAt 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.
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.