Michael Johnson entered this fight with a mma record of 16-9-0 (56% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.9 lightweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Rafael dos Anjos). He has fought twice in 2015 defeating Edson Barboza (=Barboza vs Johnson) but then he has lost to Beneil Dariush (=Johnson vs Dariush).
His opponent, the black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Tuf 5 tournament winner Nate Diaz, has an official record of 17-10-0 (88% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.21 in the same weight class but he won just one out of his last four fights, against Gray Maynard in 2013 (=Maynard vs Diaz 2); after this bout he was defeated by dos Anjos (=dos Anjos vs Diaz). Johnson vs Diaz is on the undercard of Rafael dos Anjos vs Donald Cerrone 2 – UFC on Fox 17. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC on Fox 17: dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, USA
Division: lightweight (155 lbs, 70 kg)
Johnson’s previous fight: Michael Johnson vs Beneil Dariush
Diaz’s previous fight: Rafael dos Anjos vs Nate Diaz
Diaz’s next fight: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz
Johnson’s next fight: Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson
(Free embeddable highlights video hosted on Youtube)