Michael Johnson is back in action this weekend at UFC Fight Night Philadelphia, facing Josh Emmett in a featherweight division affair.
Emmett apparently considers himself to be a knockout artist and Johnson can’t quite figure out why.
“Yeah, he’s got power, but I’m just so confused about why he’s got this cloud over his head that he’s being a knockout artist or a guy with a bunch of power,” Johnson told MMA Junkie. “He’s knocked out one guy in the UFC if I’m not mistaken. He definitely has power, but not crazy knockout power. I just got to be on my toes, I’ve got to be careful, I’ve got to be smart like I have been in my last few fights and I’ve just got to get in there and get a win.”
The featherweight contender has scored four victories by KO/TKO, while Johnson has picked up eight wins by KO/TKO.
Johnson believes that Emmett is still reeling from a knockout loss against Jeremy Stephens, which Johnson says will give him an advantage on Saturday Night.
“Honestly I don’t have to put any doubt in his mind – I guarantee it’s still there,” Johnson said. “After being knocked out like that I’m sure he thinks about that every day. He was out for quite a bit. He got a broke orbital bone or whatever nonsense, so he’s going into that fight already thinking that. He knows I’m a puncher, he knows I’m a striker and that’s what I do. He’s going to get touched and hit and however he adjusts to it’s how he adjusts.”
UFC Fight Night Philadelphia takes place on Saturday, March 30 from the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN.