It took catching a sharp elbow to the face and seeing the blood it drew running down into his eye to get Michael Johnson fired up tonight. But once he was seeing red, Johnson left no doubt that he had Edward Faaloloto's number.
Johnson took control of the fight and used knees, elbows and fists to wear down Faaloloto before dropping him with a punch. Once Faaloloto was downed, Johnson didn't let up and poured on punches and elbows from the top until the referee stepped in to stop the fight with just under 20 seconds left in the round.
Faaloloto acquitted himself well early in the fight, landing the first flurry of the fight and consistently scoring with sharp leg kicks but it wasn't enough as Johnson capitalized on his wrestling advantage to take him down twice in the fight. Faaloloto fought back up both times but the struggle wore him down and Johnson poured it on.
Johnson, a former competitor on The Ultimate Fighter gets his first win in the UFC.
The welterweight clash opened the UFC Live 4 undercard on Facebook.