Anthony Johnson earned his second win since returning to the UFC, destroying Antonio Rogerio Nogueira after just 44 seconds at UFC on FOX 12. Johnson caught Nogueira early, backed him up against the cage and landed a number of huge uppercuts to end the fight.
The 38 year-old Nogueira is renowned for having a good chin, making the knockout of Johnson’s even more impressive. Now winning eight in a row and 2-0 over tough competition inside the UFC, Johnson has put himself in the mix even further. The former welterweight has been impressive since returning and joins the light heavyweight division’s elite.
With Daniel Cormier set to face Jon Jones next, Johnson will have to wait before a shot at the title, though if he is able to blitz through another tough guy, it won’t be long before a title shot will present itself.
Nogueira was coming in off a one-and-a-half year lay-off, and – now 38 and with a plethora of injuries – retirement may be on the Brazilian’s mind.
Here is the blow-by-blow coverage of the fight.
Johnson put on a striking clinic in his win over Phil Davis, who defeated Lil’ Nog way back when. MMA maths never usually works, but the fact Lil’ Nog is also coming in off a long lay-off (around 18 months), it doesn’t look good for the veteran. Nogueira has won two straight over Evans and Ortiz, but Johnson is a different animal since re-signing with the UFC.
Round 1 - Johnson pressing the action and Lil’ Nog circling away. Johnson with a 1-2 and he tagged Lil’ Nog there. He’s hurt. Big combination, a number of uppercuts as Lil’ Nog is against the cage! Huge uppercut! Herb Dean steps in and just like that, Anthony Johnson gets another victory. Absolutely huge.
Result: Johnson via knockout (punches) at 0:44 in first round.
Just deadly from Johnson, and he is simply one of the scariest fighters in the UFC. His power is like no one else’s at light heavyweight and he’s just finished a well respected guy in Lil’ Nog like it was nothing.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Main Card (FOX)
Anthony Johnson def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO (punches) at 0:44 in first round.
Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:57 in second round
Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).
Preliminary Card (FOX)
Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27).
Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24).
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).