"Michael Johnson happened. The plan going into the fight was to try to take away his jab. If you try to take away his jab, you have to make him miss by a very narrow margin. Part of that is, you're going to get hit a little bit. We didn't do a very good job at that and that's where the whole plan started... I had great sparring partners and I had a great training camp. I was feeling strong. I was feeling fast. I was feeling super confident and I wasn't looking past him, because I knew how super tough he would be. Just looking at myself, I felt I was in great shape and ready to go and he right off the bat took me out of my game. I never really got started and usually, I like to come out and be really aggressive. He had a slight speed advantage on me when we started out at the beginning. If I couldn't catch him when I was at my best, and fresh, it got even worse when he was inflicting damage on me. He fought really smart. He beat me up a lot in the first and basically took the second and rested and kind of coasted a little bit. Then, he beat me up really good in the third. Give Michael credit: He fought a really, really smart fight... That was me at my worst, but I think you have to give credit to Michael, and I was so bad because he was at his best. I watched the fight three or four times [Sunday] and he just did a really, really good job."
So much for the home field advantage. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon (via Yahoo! Sports) got lit up by Michael Johnson in front of his "Beantown" boys on the main card of last Saturday night's (Aug. 17, 2013) UFC Fight Night 26 event, which emanated from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts (results). The self-described "emotionless bastard" couldn't replicate his thrilling performance from UFC 118 and was beaten to the punch -- literally -- in every exchange. The resulting loss to "The Menace" handed Lauzon his second straight defeat, the first time he's reached that mark in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Is this the beginning of the end for the well-traveled Bostonian? Or just a bump in the proverbial road? Sound off on the future of "J-Lau" in the comments section below.