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Michael Johnson

Michael Julian Johnson (born June 6, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Johnson mostly competed in his regional circuit, before signing onto the Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. Johnson began fighting at the age of 10, after his father's fatal heart attack. The incident made Johnson want to exert his anger physically. Johnson later said, "I lost something, a huge part of me....Fighting was my way of not dealing with my dad's passing. Now that I think of it, of course, it was the wrong thing to do, especially putting all that burden on my mom having to deal with it." Johnson trains at Springfield Fight Club, which is an affiliate of Gracie Barra based in Springfield, Missouri. Johnson also works there as the assistant mixed martial arts coach. Johnson is a former Midwest Fight League & Xtreme Cage Fighting champion who won those titles in July 2008 and October 2009 respectively. Prior to joining the UFC, Johnson fought notables Joe Brammer and James Krause, losing both matches by

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Michael Johnson -- Watch Everybody Run From the Slavery Topic

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Michael Johnson -- Descendants of SLAVES Are Better Athletes

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U.S. Olympic legend Michael Johnson believes hard work only accounted for some of his record-breaking athleticism ... the rest can be chalked up to the fact that his ancestors were slaves. Johnson… READ MORE >

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UFC Star Loses Fight -- Parties with Black Eye

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