Michael Johnson has the most to gain this weekend

By Owen Phillips     15/9/16     Views

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Michael Johnson. Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com

Michael Johnson has the most to gain out of anyone fighting at UFC Fight Night 94 when he tries to get back to winning ways against surging lightweight Dustin Poirier.

This weekend at Hidalgo, in the state of Texas, USA is UFC Fight Night 94 headlined by a lightweight clash between Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson. Poirier has been on a roll recently winning all four fights at 155 pounds (70.3kg) in impressive fashion. After losing to Conor McGregor at featherweight Poirier decided it wasn’t worth cutting the extra weight and lightweight would be his new home.

Michael Johnson has had a tough run in recent times. After establishing his own four-fight win streak that included a win over current high-flyer Edson Barbosa he fell to a dubious split decision loss to Beneil Dariush and then was out-struck by Nate Diaz who put in one of his best performances in recent memory. No shame to lose to Diaz but this second loss built an undeserving losing streak.

 

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Poirier is very well rounded and it will be a great test to show if Michael Johnson is still ready to break into the top 5 at lightweight as he was rightly considered not long ago. The Blackzilian product will have the legendary trainer Henri Hooft barking instructions to him in between rounds and hopefully there won’t be a need for too much shouting or splashing of water in the face to get his student in the mood for battle.

The opportunity to headline a UFC event and fight someone who is as hot right now as Dustin Poirier means that ‘The Menace’ Johnson has the most to gain at UFC Hidalgo. The spotlight will be on Poirier and him, and with a win Johnson will be right back where he was before the judges ruined a seemingly good night out against Dariush. It could have been five-straight, but I’m sure he will be ecstatic with one big win.

UFC Fight Night 94: Poirier vs Johnson takes place on Sunday (Australian time).

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