Lightweight Michael Johnson will get the toughest test of his post-TUF career this fall when he meets Paul Sass at UFC Live 6, an 11-0 submission specialist with ten tap-outs under his belt and a nickname paying homage to a trademark technique leading to eight of them.
News of the bout’s addition to the October 1 card was confirmed through an official press release from Johnson’s team at Authentic Sports Management.
While four of the Ultimate Fighter 12 finalist’s five total losses have come on the ground, the 9-5 striker seems undaunted by the task at hand, saying, “I’m thrilled to get right back in the Octagon and give UFC fans another knockout performance,” in relation to the upcoming bout. “The Menace” was last seen at UFC Live 4 in June where he scored a first frame TKO over Edward Faaloloto.
Though Johnson is young by most peoples’ standards he is actually Sass’ elder by three years. Master of the “Sassangle,” the 22-year old out of Liverpool surprised few of his fans when he debuted at UFC 120 with an opening round Triangle Choke of Mark Holst. However, adding some intrigue to things, the twelve-month break between fights is the longest professional pause Sass has experienced since taking to the cage for the first time in 2007.
Sass vs. Johnson is the fourth match-up announced for UFC Live 6. The show is scheduled to feature bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz defending his title against top contender Demetrious Johnson, as well as rematch between Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman plus powerful 170er Anthony Johnson in action against 14-2 Charlie Brenneman.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC