Blackzilians standout Michael Johnson (17-10) loves to prove doubters wrong, and he plans to silence them when he faces No.1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0) at the historic UFC 205.
The Roman Show caught up with Johnson prior to his MMA fight on Saturday, Nov. 12 against the Russian at UFC 205 on pay-per-view from New York City’s Madison Square Garden. This will be UFC’s first visit to the Big Apple as mixed martial arts was legalized there earlier this year.
“I am motivated to work hard,” he said. “I love being the underdog. People don’t give me credit for how long I’ve been in the UFC. At times, I have to prove a statement with my back against the wall.”
Johnson is coming off an impressive victory over Dustin Poirier by way of knockout in the first round. Nurmagomedov defeated Darrell Horcher in April.
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Johnson said: “He is a strong wrestler that likes to take people down.”
With UFC 205 making its Madison Square Garden debut, Johnson isn’t feeling butterflies.
“It’s just another night to go fight,” he said. “The city doesn’t make it much greater or much less. I am not psyched about being in MSG. I am here to fight.”
Johnson also opened up about his training.
“That training gets you ready for a fight,” he said. “We go hard and push our partners. That’s the only way we prepare for battle. We have two days a week hard sparring.”
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The Blackzilians are based in (South Florida) Boca Raton.
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