Michael Johnson triumphed in the main event at UFC Fight Night 94 in Hidalgo, Texas, with a stunning first-round KO of Dustin Poirier.
Lightweight Johnson, who lost via a unanimous decision to Nate Diaz in his last appearance in the octagon nine months ago, made amends for that disappointment with a brutal display of punching against Poirier.
Johnson’s lightning-fast hands enabled him to steal a march on Poirier early on, before landing a stunning right-left combo that sent Poirier to the canvas.
He then dived in to finish off his opponent. The fight lasted just 1 minute and 35 seconds.
Johnson was expected to face a tough task with Poirier having won all four of his fights since moving back to lightweight from featherweight, but that did not happen.
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Poirier, 27, had won three of those fights by knockout or TKO, although Johnson had expressed doubt about his opponents.
The co-main event was also a brief affair as middleweight Derek Brunson felled Uriah Hall with a huge left hook after some initial grappling.
Brunson went in for the kill and the referee stopped the fight to give Brunson victory via TKO after just 1:41 seconds, much to the disgust of Hall, who seemed fit to keep going.
In the earlier action Brazilian Roan Carneiro, who had lost on a TKO to Brunson at UFC Fight Night 83 in February, beat Kenny Robertson via a split decision 28-29, 30-27, 29-28.