LAS VEGAS – Michael Johnson’s brutal knockout victory over Gleison Tibau on the prelims of UFC 168 wasn’t just for him, though of course it was nice to win his second consecutive fight in the UFC.

As an added bonus, he added another one to the win column for his team in Boca Raton, Fla., known in MMA circles as the “Blackzilians.” After a string of losses, the team came under fire, and Johnson thinks he knows why.

“I think it was because we got so much attention when we first came on the scene,” Johnson told reporters after the bout. “Everybody’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got to see what they’re doing.’ Then a great team starts losing and everybody wants to badmouth them and talk. But we didn’t do anything different. I think the main thing that’s been helping us is we’re not getting a lot attention. We’ve been able to work and get back to the basics and do our thing and win fights.”

Against Tibau (28-10 MMA, 13-8 UFC), Johnson (14-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) said he got hit more than he wanted to, especially since he said he considers the Brazilian “a slow lightweight.” But he managed to stay away from the takedowns, which in turn helped him set up the big left hand that decided the matter at the 1:32 mark of Round 2.

“I was expecting him to shoot as soon as the round started,” Johnson said. “I think he really had problems with finding me. He couldn’t set up his shots, I was moving too much for him, and that was a huge part of our game plan. I froze him and got him a little confused and it led to a knockout.”

As for the detractors of the Blackzilians, who are surely still out there somewhere, Johnson acknowledged that it’s not easy to hear his team criticized.

“It is hard,” Johnson said. “Of course you’re always going to listen to the critics and the people badmouthing you, but at the same time, you’ve just got to throw it out the window. Hard work pays off. Results matter. That’s all that matters. Everybody can talk all they want, but at the end of the day we’re winning fights and moving up.”

For complete coverage of UFC 168, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Watch Michael Johnson Take Out Gleison Tibau (UFC Hidalgo Free Fight Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 22 views

Before he steps in the cage with Dustin Poirier on Saturday in Hidalgo, Texas, check out this full fight video of Michael Johnson as he takes out Gleison Tibau. read news >>

Watch Dustin Poirier Stop Akira Corassani (UFC Hidalgo Free Fight Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 44 views

Before Dustin Poirier faces Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 94 in Hidalgo, Texas, watch this full fight video of Poirier stopping Akira Corassani. read news >>

Dustin Poirier: 'Michael Johnson Can't Last 25 Minutes with Me' (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 10 days ago
  • 30 views

Dustin Poirier will try to extend his UFC winning streak to five when he takes on Michael Johnson in a battle of lightweight contenders at UFC Fight Night Hidalgo. read news >>

UFC Hidalgo Weigh-in Results: Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Johnson is Set | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 14 views

UFC Fight Night 94: Poirier vs. Johnson is set following Friday's official weigh-ins in Hidalgo, Texas. read news >>

Johnson in the right mindset after loss to Diaz

  • 9 days ago
  • 0 views

Michael Johnson is fully resurged after recovering from his surgery and loss to Nate Diaz last year. Johnson says it will be a tough night for his main event opponent, Dustin Poirier, on Saturday. read news >>

Michael Johnson: 'This is My Time to Shine' (UFC Hidalgo Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 13 views

Headlining into the Fight Night Hidalgo main event against Dustin Poirier, lightweight contender Michael Johnson knows this is his time to shine. read news >>

(UFC-94) Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson Live UFC Streaming Online

  • 7 days ago
  • 81 views

WATCH HERE==== http://bit.do/ufcStreaming (UFC-94) Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson Live UFC Streaming Online read news >>

Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson Live Streming

  • 7 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC Fight Night Poirier vs Johnson Live on FS1 - UFC.com Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Card; Live Stats; Odds. FS1 Main Card. 7 Dustin. Poirier. "The Diamond". vs. 10 Michael. Johnson. "The M read news >>

[Poirier vs Johnson] L.I.V.E. [Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson]-UFC

  • 7 days ago
  • 14 views

WATCH HERE==== http://bit.do/ufcStreaming [Poirier vs Johnson] L.I.V.E. [Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson]-UFC read news >>

[[Poirier vs Johnson]] L.I.V.E.U.F.C. [[Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson]]

  • 7 days ago
  • 72 views

UFC Fight Night Poirier vs Johnson Live on FS1 - UFC.com Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Card; Live Stats; Odds. FS1 Main Card. 7 Dustin. Poirier. "The Diamond". vs. 10 Michael. Johnson. "The M read news >>