Saturday
Jun252011

Michael Johnson’s Long Wait is Almost Over

Courtesy of E. Spencer Kyte (www.heavy.com)

TUF 12 finalist ready to begin his climb up the lightweight ladder

There is no off-season in mixed martial arts.

Fights happen every day, every weekend. Somewhere, there is a fight happening right now.

The sport is a living organism, constantly in motion. Fights are being announced, organizations are being put up for sale on Twitter, and each passing event pushes someone new to the forefront of their division. But for every fighter moving forward, there is someone who is getting shuffled deeper into the deck.

Michael Johnson has been one of those fighters.

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Thursday
Jul172008

AUTHENTIC SPORTS MANAGEMENT® FIGHTER MICHAEL JOHNSON TO FACE EDWARD FAALOLOTO AT “UFC® ON VERSUS 4”

TUF FINALIST JOHNSON RETURNS TO THE OCTAGON

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011 - LIVE FROM THE CONSOL ENERGY CENTER IN PITTSBURGH

 Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Authentic Sports Management® (ASM) today announced that Michael “The Menace” Johnson (8-5) will face off with Edward Faaloloto (2-1) in a lightweight bout at “UFC® on Versus 4,” which is set to take place on Sunday, June 26 at the 19,000-seat Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bout will be part of the first-ever UFC event to take place in Pennsylvania.

 Johnson, The Ultimate Fighter® season 12 lightweight runner-up, is known for his relentlessness in and out of the cage. In a sport filled with hungry young fighters, “The Menace” stands out with his passion to be the very best that he can be. He tried out for The Ultimate Fighter multiple times before telling the producers for season 12, “I'm here; I'm not going to go anywhere. If you guys don't pick me, I'm going to try out again.” He was chosen.

 Once on the show, Johnson showcased his talent in impressive fashion, defeating Pablo Garza, Aaron Wilkinson, Alex “Bruce LeRoy” Caceres, and Nam Pham to earn a slot in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 12 against Jonathan Brookins. After a strong start from Johnson, Brookins took over, and ended up getting the nod via unanimous decision. Following the loss, the St. Louis-based “Menace” moved his camp to Jackson’s Submission Fighting, and is looking forward to his bout with Faaloloto. Now, with both Jackson’s team and ASM® behind him, the sky’s the limit for the youngster.

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