Johnson avenges eye-poke loss; Gouveia impresses at Finale
One fighter exacted a measure of revenge, while another found redemption after missing weight, as the veterans looked impressive on
An unfortunate eye poke brought an end to the first fight between
Through two rounds of action, Johnson and Burns battled on the feet and on the ground with neither fighter gaining a dominant upper hand.
The third round was the difference maker as Johnson, who has been working with Strikeforce middleweight champion
"It just happened," Johnson said after the knockout. "I just decided to throw it and it connected."
After a disappointing day on Friday when he didn't make weight, American Top Team fighter
MacDonald tried to get the fight to the ground right away, but Gouveia was able to get back up quickly, where he showed his dominant stand-up game.
A straight left from Gouveia put MacDonald down on the mat and the Brazilian born fighter followed up with a series of hammer fists and elbow strikes that opened a gash on the Canadian's head. The stoppage came just seconds later.
"The feeling to even fight in the UFC is great, it's unbelievable," Gouveia said after the win. "Jason's a really tough fight and after this fight I think I put myself in the top contention."
Gouveia has always been seen as a top contender, but after failing to make weight for the fight he promised a new commitment going forward.
"My weight class is at middleweight. I made some mistakes. I want to apologize to the UFC, to Jason, all my fans. I promise that will never happen again," Gouveia commented.