He is also perhaps the most creative fighter to ever step into the octagon. His striking attack is very unorthodox and difficult to prepare for.
Side, spinning, and front kicks to the legs, body, and head are frequently used to both damage his opponent and keep them at range. When fighting out of an orthodox stance, he uses a sharp jab and straight right to compliment his kicks.
As a southpaw his jab is not as effective, but he has a great straight left and lead left hook. He uses trips, throws, and tosses, as well as single and double legs to get his opponents to the mat.
Jon is extremely good in the clinch and is able to generate tremendous leverage with his long frame. He likes to pin his opponent to the fence and fire knees and spinning back elbows. His long arms enable him to rain down powerful elbows and punches without having to secure a dominant position. He is adept at passing and trapping his opponents arms to secure a mounted crucifix.
The champ has good topside submissions, including chokes and armlocks. We have not seen much of him on his back, as he has only been taken down once and he got right back up. A strong chin and excellent cardio are also positive elements of his game. It is amazing to think that he fought several times as a welterweight before finding his true home at light heavyweight.
It has been a journey of redemption for Johnson since getting cut from the UFC in He has looked very impressive since returning last year at UFC , where he scored a dominant decision victory over Phil Davis. That win would be followed up by brutal knockouts of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson.
Unfortunately, a torn meniscus forced him to pull out of the fight, which was scheduled to take place back in September. At age 30, Johnson has had quite an eventful career filled with highs and lows.
Johnson left the UFC back in after having major problems making weight for his fights. However, he has reinvented himself, and has never looked as good as he does coming into this huge bout. Those two wins were over very tough opponents. The first was a decision over highly-ranked Phil Davis and the second was a first-round stoppage of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
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