by Adam Martin
A pair of lightweights coming off of disappointing losses will look to get back to their winning ways when they face off in Europe later this spring.
According to Expressen.se, Michael Johnson and Reza Medadi are set for a collision course at UFC on FUEL TV 9, also titled UFC Sweden 2, which takes place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
It’s not yet known where on the card the bout will take place, but early indications are that it will be a preliminary contest.
Johnson (12-7) was making a run up the lightweight ladder with consecutive wins over Shane Roller, Tony Ferguson and Danny Castillo but he faltered in his last outing, coming in flat and uninspired and losing a clear-cut unanimous decision to Myles Jury at UFC 155, a loss that pushed him far away from title contention. Although the 26-year-old — who currently has a 4-3 record in the UFC — has improved a lot since his time on “The Ultimate Fighter,” it’s clear that his takedown defence is still his biggest flaw and if he hasn’t worked on stopping the shot, as well as his ground game, he’ll be in a world of trouble against Madadi.
Madadi (12-3) is coming off of an extremely controversial loss to Cristiano Marcello at UFC 153, a fight that many believed he won. However, the judges saw it differently so, instead of having an eight-fight win streak, Madadi has a one-fight losing skid. But he can very well put that loss behind him by taking out Johnson, who is arguably higher on the lightweight ladder than Marcello anyways. A native of Sweden via Iran, the 32-year-old Madadi defeated Yoislandy Izquierdo in his UFC debut back at UFC Sweden 1 last April. Prior to that, the veteran had defeated the likes of Rich Clementi, Carlo Prater and Junie Browning, so he definitely has a solid resume. But he needs to get back to his finishing ways against Johnson — he has nine career wins via stoppage — and not leave his fights in the hands of the judges again.
The current UFC on FUEL TV 9 lineup consists of:
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Robbie Peralta vs. Akira Corasanni
Papy Abedi vs. Besam Yousef
Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton
Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage
Chris Spang vs. Adlan Amagov
What are your thoughts?