MMA Preview – Michael Johnson vs Andre Fili at UFC Fight Night 135

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 135? Sunday 26th August, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 135? Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

What channel is UFC Fight Night 135 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 135? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 135? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

LAST EIGHT FIGHTS

MICHAEL JOHNSON

ANDRE FILI

2018

Darren Elkins
UFC

L
(SUB)

W
(DEC)

Dennis Bermudez
UFC

2018

2017

Justin Gaethje
UFC

L
(TKO)

W
(DEC)

Artem Lobov
UFC

2017

2016

Khabib Nurmagomedov
UFC

L
(SUB)

L
(DEC)

Calvin Kattar
UFC

2017

2016

Dustin Poirier
UFC

W
(KO)

W
(DEC)

Hacran Diaz
UFC

2016

2015

Nate Diaz
UFC

L
(DEC)

L
(KO)

Yair Rodriguez
UFC

2016

THE BREAKDOWN

Johnson is experiencing the worst form of his career losing five out of his last six fights but that is the price you pay for fighting among best in the world for as long as he has. Fili has also struggled in the top flight but is hoping to string together three wins in a row for the first time since joining the UFC.

These guys are extremely well-rounded but will prefer to stand and trade. Fili will not have the reach advantage he is used to against the former lightweight and Johnson will look to utilise his speed and power to set up the knockout blow.

Although Johnson is struggling to pick up a win, you just have to look at the opponents he has succumbed to. They are all beasts and it was only two years ago he dispatched Poirier who is now waiting at the front of the queue for a lightweight title shot.

A confident Johnson will have too much class to keep his losing streak going.

Prediction: Johnson via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.