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Fight Night 14 live results: Johnson vs. Burns

Posted on: July 19, 2008 9:31 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2008 9:59 pm
Up next is Anthony "Rumble" Johnson vs. Kevin Burns.

Round 1: They throw leather to start. Burns with a body lock, throwing knees to the ribs. They separate and trade some more, with Burns landing some good shots. Johnson with an accidental kick to the groin and referee Steve Mazzagatti stops the action briefly so Burns can recover. When it starts again, Johnson takes down Burns. Burns with a very active guard, trapping Johnson's right arm and punching him with the free arm. Johnson not able to do much on top. Mazzagatti asks them for action. Johnson landing the odd shot here and there but largely covering up from Burns' strikes from the bottom. The ref stands them up. They exchange punches again. Burns with the body lock this time as the buzzer ends the round. I give it to Burns 10-9 based on being more active and also because Johnson looked lost once he scored the takedown.

Round 2: They trade again and Burns clocks him with a right. He rushes in with a pair of knees to the head before Burns tries for a takedown, and settles for a clinch against the cage. They separate and the striking resumes. Johnson with a left hook. Johnson mixing in leg kicks now to set up his shots better. High kick by Johnson doesn't really find its target. Burns with a front kick. Johnson throws a nice body kick-punch combo but whiffs on the punches. Johnson takes Burns down. Burns is cut under the right eye. Johnson working the cut with left hands and elbows. Johnson is not trying to pass guard or improve position, just basically covering up in Burns' guard with the odd strike mixed in. They get stood up again, but nothing happens before the end of the round. 10-9 Johnson based on him finding his rhythm and getting the better of the standup. This fight is totally up for grabs in Round 3. Let's see who takes it.

Round 3: Burns with roundhouse kicks to the ribs. They trade leg kicks. Johnson catches a kick and uses it for a takedown. I'm not sure what Johnson plans to do on the ground this time that he didn't think of before. A few strikes and Mazzagatti stands them up again. Johnson with another takedown. (Ever see the movie Groundhog Day?) Johnson does very little and they're stood up again. Burns puts an open left hand in Johnson's face and pokes him hard in the eye, enough that Johnson turns away, falls flat on his stomach and yelps in pain. Burns looks confused (probably because he knew he didn't connect hard enough to knock him out), looks at Mazzagatti (who hasn't stepped in yet), then runs to finish Johnson on the ground. Then Mazzagatti steps in and checks on Johnson, who is still on the ground complaining about the eye jab. After a brief break, Johnson's eye is still closed, so the fight is over.

Winner: Kevin Burns defeated Anthony Johnson via TKO at 3:35 of Round 3 due to Johnson not being able to continue from the eye poke.

Somewhat surprising that the fight wasn't ruled for Johnson via disqualification, but evidently the officials are convinced the eye poke was an errant blow and non-intentional.

"It was extremely accidental," Burns told Joe Rogan. He explained that he throws palm strikes with his left hand because he broke that hand three times in 16 months, so he can't throw closed-fist punches with it.

"Everybody stop booing Kevin," Johnson said. "This is a fight. Things happen."

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 12:54 pm

Fight Night 14 live results: Johnson vs. Burns


Sucks for "Rumble", but he did handle it with a lot of class. Him screaming like a little girl didn't help, he probably should have screamed for a timeout instead of falling like he was really hurt. On a different note I wonder if Joe Rogan was right with the call that "The Truth" was gassed from cutting weight, what a bad showing for a fighter of his status. Also James Taylor looked like garbage, you get your dreams crushed by acting like a frat boy and then you don't even show up for the fight. I expected more out of him, not to get caught in CB's favorite move. I hope he sticks around long enough to see him get KO'd a couple of times, he is such a boring fighter just lays on people. The main fight was obviously a good for Silva, it's funny that Irvin said he would stand and bang and eat like 20-30 punches to land 5-10. He couldn't even eat 1 punch from Spider. Did "Sandman" really think he had a chin for Silva's punches? Looked like glass jaw from punch-out!<o:p></o:p>


Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2008 3:18 pm

Fight Night 14 live results: Johnson vs. Burns

That should have been on CBS before a Kimbo Slice fight. What a joke! Second rate officiating! I understand one eye poke or even a couple but come on the guy did it over and over again. So the precedence the UFC has set is come out and continue kicking the other guy in the balls until he can't fight anymore, deny it was intentional  and you will get the win via TKO, what a joke

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2008 11:32 am

Fight Night 14 live results: Johnson vs. Burns

I agree a ridiculous ending to an actually pretty good fight. Johnson was winning by a pretty good margin and then, after the fourth eye gouge he can't open his eye so he loses? What a horrible ending, I guess if you are losing the fight just throw a "unintentional" punch to the throat and you get the win. Sounds easy enough to me.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2008 9:57 pm

Fight Night 14 live results: Johnson vs. Burns

What a horrible way for this fight to end. Johnson was winning, IMO, and then you get the poke in the eye. I'm surprised that Johnson handled it was as much class as he did. I'd be pissed.

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