Michael Johnson picked up another win over a lightweight contender, but looked pretty confused when it was all over.
Johnson beat Melvin Guillard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night London on Saturday. Afterward, he accused Guillard of "running the whole time" and not engaging. Johnson said he was "very frustrated" by the fight.
Guillard (31-13-2, 2 NC) did look tentative at times, but hurt Johnson (15-8) in the first round with a combination. Guillard, who used to train alongside Johnson with the Blackzilians in Florida, was patient early, waiting for Johnson to come in before he tried to score.
That strategy didn’t work at all in the second and third rounds. Johnson gave chase and was able to land big straight left hands to Guillard’s chin on multiple occasions. In the second round, he dropped Guillard and in the third he hurt him with a big combination against the fence.
It wasn’t the most thrilling fight, but Johnson will take it, of course. This is his third straight win against a solid opponent, with the previous two coming against Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon.
Johnson, who came in ranked No. 14 among lightweight contenders in the UFC rankings, said afterward that he was the best striker in the division. The 27-year-old Ultimate Fighter alum is definitely in line for a step up in competition now.
As for Guillard, 30, it was a disappointing performance. He has just one win in his last five fights. Typically explosive with one-punch knockout power, his aggression seemed to be tabled against Johnson.