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Michael Johnson Preferred Decision Win Over Joe Lauzon At UFC Fight Night 26

Michael Johnson spoiled Joe Lauzon’s return to Boston at UFC Fight Night 26. While Johnson thought about going for the finish, he wanted to put on a 15 minute performance to remove any doubters.

“I wanted to finish him, but I didn’t want to finish him early,” said Johnson on MMA Junkie Radio. “I’m really glad the fight went the way it did. I would have rather finished him in the third, but if I would have knocked him out in the first round, you would have had the critics saying, ‘He got lucky. He threw a lucky punch.’”

The two opened the main card with two judges scoring it 30-27 and one 30-25. It snapped Johnson’s two fighting losing skid and he’s 5-4 for the UFC.

Lauzon was returning off his Fight of the Year defeat to Jim Miller back at December’s UFC 155. He’s 1-4 since last year.

UFC Fight Night 26 was August 17 from the TD Garden and aired on the new FOX Sports 1 channel.