May 12, 2022 9:46 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Michael Johnson vs Alan Patrick at UFC Vegas 54

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When is UFC Vegas 54? Sunday 15th May, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 54? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 54? Click here for the tickets at the O2 Arena

What channel is UFC Vegas 54 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 54? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Being a Michael Johnson (19-17) fan is a tough gig with his wealth of talent and experience always making him capable of like winning before spectacularly losing. That has certainly been the case in recent fights which has seen him slip on a four-fight skid. He fought hard with Josh Emmett (2019) before getting smoked and then losing a decision to Stevie Ray (2019) and then dominated Thiago Moises (2020) before getting caught in a submission and is now coming off a unanimous decision loss to Clay Guida (2021).

We are still not sure Alan Patrick (15-3(1)) will make it to the octagon with the luck he has had recently. He earnt three solid unanimous decision wins over Damien Brown (2016), Ray (2016) and Damir Hadzovic (2018) before getting brutally knocked out by Scott Holtzman (2018). He then had four scheduled fights fall through before losing a unanimous decision to Bobby Green (2020) and then had a bout prematurely end with a ‘no contest’ with Mason Jones due to an eye poke. The rematch got cancelled and this fight also fell through but thankfully it is back on for now.


We are not sure how either fighter will show up as neither of these guys are getting any younger with Johnson forgetting that winning feeling and Patrick forgetting what an octagon looks like.

It is too late for Patrick to live up to the hype at 38 years old, but he is still a very dangerous man particularly on the ground as a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Johnson will be a threat as always on the feet with his ferocious hand speed and he will have to keep the fight on the standing to have any chance.

Patrick will be confident in trading with Johnson and considering his inconsistency, he may even have success. So, the stand-up will be interesting but if Patrick secures some takedowns, it will be an easier night.

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