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Johnson makes history at UFC on Fox 24

By on April 15, 2017

UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defended his title for the tenth straight time tonight, sending challenger Wilson Reis packing with a third-round submission in Kansas City, Missouri.

As the headlining performer at UFC on Fox 24, Johnson did not disappoint his fans, landing strikes at will from multiple stances. It seemed from the onset that Mighty Mouse wanted to show off the full range of his striking repertoire, landing kicks to the legs and body along with knees, single power punches and blistering combinations.

After two rounds where Johnson was largely content to dominate the striking, he decided to make his move in the third round after landing a right, swiftly moving in for the takedown. From there, he hurt Reis with elbows from side control, cutting his opponent.

Reis, a decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, had no answer for the mat control and ground-and-pound of the champion, and soon Johnson found his way to the mount. From there, it was largely academic as Mighty Mouse took the opportunity to seal the win with a fight-ending armbar.

A similar fate found former Invicta champion Michelle Waterson in her bout with strawweight standout Rose Namajunas. Surprisingly, it was Waterson who took the fight to the mat in the early goings, but her throw backfired when Namajunas immediately took control and began throwing elbows from within Waterson’s full guard.

In the second round, Namajunas landed a brutal head kick that hurt “The Karate Hottie,” knocking her to the mat. Namajunas wasted no time in taking side control and continuing the ground-and-pound that she started the fight with so effectively.

Before long, Waterson succumbed to the pressure and exposed her back. Namajunas knew what to do and seized the rear-naked choke, forcing Waterson to tap out.

In a shocker, Ronald “Jacare” Souza lost his long-time bid for a title shot in convincing fashion as Robert Whittaker followed up a head kick with punches on the mat to force a stoppage in the second round of their middleweight bout.

Whittaker showed that he could survive on the mat with Jacare in the first round, before taking over the stanza with a number of punches that landed solidly. In the second, he continued to dominate the standup, while Jacare had no answer for his offense.

In other action, Renato Carneiro improved his record to 11-0-1 with a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens.

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