Michael Johnson defeated his former Blackzillians training partner, Melvin Guillard via Unanimous Decision at UFC Fight Night 37 in London Saturday evening. However the talk during and after the fight wasn’t so much about the victory, but rather the disappointing performance put on by ‘The Young Assassin’. Both the victor, Michael Johnson, and UFC President Dana White were displeased with the performance of the now 23 UFC fight veteran, Guillard.
Dana like many, thought we would see a highly entertaining fight between two of the upper tier lightweights in the division. He voices his displeasure during the post-fight press conference.
“There’s no doubt that Melvin ran the entire fight and was incredibly passive. The complete opposite of how he used to fight,” Dana said.
“There was a lot of smack talk leading up to the fight. And those are the fights that everybody gets excited about. And 9 times out of 10 they end up like tonight. Those drive me crazy. I was excited for that fight, both really explosive athletes, both guys who can mix it up very well, but it just didn’t happen.”
While Michael Johnson was happy with the victory, he was disappointed in how the fight ultimately turned out and most of that disappointment fell upon his opponent, Melvin Guillard.
“I was a little bit pissed off that our fight was considered bad. I came in here wanting to fight and he was running and not engaging or anything. He was talking about of s— before the fight and I expected him to do something, but instead he didn’t. I did think he was a little scared of me this fight,” Johnson said.
“When he fight started I expected him to be pushing forward and trying to finish me after all things he was talking this week. I’m still happy with the victory, and looking forward to bigger and better things.”
With this victory behind him, Michael Johnson finds himself on a 3-fight winning streak in the UFC for a 2nd time in as many calender years, sandwiched between 2 straight losses–which Johnson sees as a blessing.
“That really put me where I needed to be, obviously I just won 3 in a row. And I needed those 2 losses to get back to how I used to fight. Really get focused and make a run at the title pretty soon.”
Prior to this fight ‘The Menace’ had his sights set on top 10 lightweights Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov, calling them both out on twitter, but was unsuccessful in getting the fights. Johnson tells reporters that he no longer wants a fight with Khabib, and is looking to fight someone that will get him a title shot.
“At that point when I was calling people on twitter, I called out Nate Diaz and Nate Diaz didn’t respond. So I decided to call out Khabib because I did want a little bit of payback for when he beat up my teammate Abel Trujillo. And he didn’t really respond so that’s a fight that I really don’t care about now, ” Johnson said. “I want somebody over him now. I want somebody that’s going to get me to the title, somebody that’s going to put me in a position where I can make a run for it.”
While Michael Johnson, who is currently ranked 14th in the UFC lightweight division, may be at least two victories away in the stacked division, expect him to have his wishes granted in the form of an opponent that will get him closer to the title.
The full post-fight press conference can be viewed on ufc.tv.