Lavar Johnson: My fans come to watch me knock someone out


Almost three weeks ago, Lavar Johnson (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knocked out Pat Barry at UFC on Fox 3, and won “Knockout of the Night”. He did the same to Joey Beltran at Fox’s second UFC event back in January. Could his third UFC fight at UFC 146 earn him another “Knockout of the Night”?

If all goes according to Johnson’s plan, he will: “I like to win by knocking people out, I’m going to go in there and put on a good show.”

At the Open Workouts for UFC 146 Johnson said: “I’m still in shape from the last fight, and I know it is going to be kind of hard to top my last two performances, but I like to win by knockout or TKO. I’m going to go in there and do that. I took this fight on short notice and I’m still in fight mode, I’m comfortable and relaxed.”

Johnson took the fight on 10-days notice, saying that he jumped at the opportunity when it was offered: “I took it right away. I’m a fighter, that’s what I do. I can’t be afraid of anybody in the UFC or what am I doing here?”

Johnson will be facing Stefan Struve (23-5, 15 by submission), who at a hair over 6’11”, is 8 inches taller than Johnson. When asked about facing someone with 15 submissions under his belt, Johnson seemed unfazed: “He doesn’t really use his reach very effectively. He has an 83-inch reach, mine is 81-inches, but I’ll beat him to the punch everytime. I didn’t have much time to prepare for a ground game, I just train to get up and stay out of submissions. I don’t train to submit people, my fans come to watch me knock someone out. There’s a lot of opportunity for me to capitalize on and I hit hard. It’s nothing personal for me, it’s just a job.”

Johnson will face Struve on May 26, 2012, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, at UFC 146. The following video is an excerpt from his open gym session on Wednesday, courtesy of MMA Heat.

  • Lavar by TKO in round 1

  • But I wouldnt be shocked if stefan weathered the early storm and got a takedown and sub…but I as well am calling lavar by TKO.

  • if he only looks to knock people out and doesnt learn submissions whats he gona do if he faces someone with an iron chin

  • Good call. Yeah, I also think either Struve or Johnson will win.

  • You gotta love this dudes attitude & how he comes to fight. He might KO Struve with a body blow.

  • im sorry guys barry should have won the last fight if he kept the fight on the ground, im pretty sure if struve doesnt try to prove a point and stand with lavar he will submit him

  • Really? I thought they came for your world class ground game?
    Your submission defense is so good Pat Barry couldn’t even finish that Americana on you

  • he allready knocked one iron chin out (joey beltran)! …but he really have to work on his groundgame as well. one dimensional fighters will never reach the top.

  • Gotta love Lavar. He will eventually run into a brick wall, but he is all heart and brings the fight!!

    Humble man, so far, just glad to be in the UFC.