“Would Annihilate Islam Makhachev” – UFC World Goes Crazy at Brutal Knockout From “The Greatest Worst Fighter of All-Time” Michael Johnson

Published 05/14/2022, 9:39 PM EDT

UFC continued their run of entertainment with UFC Vegas 54 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. An intriguing bout on the prelims saw veteran UFC fighter Michael Johnson return to the Octagon against Brazilian Alan Patrick.

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‘The Menace’ was looking to break the four-fight losing skid. On the other hand, the 38-year-old Patrick finally fought inside the Octagon after having a tough couple of years. Patrick only fought once in the past two years, and that one bout ended in a no contest.

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The 35-year-old, Johnson, looked in his grooves early in the fight as he rocked his counterpart with his fast & sharp hands. Though Patrick also caught him in the first round, Johnson showed how good his hands are when he knocked out Patrick in the second round with a vicious combination.

The win moved Johnson to 20-17, and he got his hand raised inside the Octagon after four years, with his last win coming over Conor McGregor‘s teammate Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 138.

Fans reacted to a crazy finish from Michael Johnson at UFC Vegas 54

Johnson’s performance had fans and fellow fighters go berserk as they submitted their candid reactions on Twitter.

Not only did he return with a spectacular performance, but also hinted at a quick return for the UFC 276 card. Thus, it would be a treat for Johnson’s fans if he stays active inside the Octagon. Also, whether he could give it one last run towards the lightweight title would intrigue the fans.

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The Menace‘ is one of those fighters who could shut the lights of the best of the fighters, however, he could lose to fighters that are relatively unknown as well.

The ever-entertaining fighter has victories over two of the best lightweight fighters ever to step inside the UFC Octagon, Tony Ferguson (unanimous decision) and Dustin Poirier (KO/TKO). Also, he was one of the few fighters that left a mark on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s face and perhaps landed the most brutal shot to the head of Nurmagomedov.

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Even his strength of schedule in the UFC is legendary. Johnson fought all the tough fights in both the lightweight and featherweight division. However, his inconsistency would haunt him, as he had all the potential to get a UFC strap but could never achieve it.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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