Well that was that. Anthony Johnson easily stuffed Ryan Bader's takedown attempt, avoided a submission and finished the former Arizona State wrestler in the first round. Bader did not even have the chance to attempt a a single strike before succumbing to the knockout.
In his lone defeat since his UFC return in 2014, Johnson was takendown three times by Daniel Cormier. In many ways his inability to stop the takedown was his downfall in that fight. However, outside of that performance, Johnson has shown solid if not impressive defensive wrestling. As mentioned, he stopped Bader's takedown with ease, and he stuffed all eight of Phil Davis' attempts. Obviously, Cormier is a world medalist in wrestling and on another level, but Johnson's defensive wrestling might actually be underrated at this point.
Johnson picked up his 15th career knockout and his 8th since moving up to light heavyweight in 2012. Bader had been knocked out on two previous occasions, against Lyoto Machida in 2012 and Glover Teixeira in 2013. This was his quickest knockout defeat.
"Rumble" earned a 9500 StrikeScore for the performance, which was the high score for the event, month and year to date. The knockout earns the first StrikeScore MMA Performance of the Month award.
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