Michael “The Menace” Johnson (19-14-0) takes on Stevie “Braveheart” Ray (22-9-0) in a Lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 162 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang in Singapore on Saturday night (local time).
The fight sees Johnson returning to the Lightweight division after a spell as a Featherweight. It wasn’t a particularly successful switch for the 33 year-old fighter from St. Louis, Missouri, with “The Menace” only managing a 2-2 record at 145 pounds.
He suffered a 3rd Round KO against Josh Emmett in his last fight at Featherweight back in March and is now back at the weight where most feel he belongs.
The 29 year-old Scotsman Stevie Ray is also coming into this fight on the back of a defeat, having lost to the Brazilian Leonardo Santos to a 1st Round KO in June. Having lost four of his last seven fights in the Octagon, Ray needs to rediscover some winning momentum.
Michael Johnson vs Stevie Ray Betting Lines & Prediction
Michael Johnson can be an infuriatingly inconsistent performer, but he has been in with some of the best fighters and can point to wins over the likes of Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza, Gleison Tibau, Danny Castillo and Tony Ferguson down the years. If he’s anywhere near his best, it’s difficult to see Stevie Ray getting anything from this fight.
The fact that Johnson has also lost to the likes of Darren Elkins, Reza Madadi and Paul Sass complicates our predictions and gives Ray hope, but Johnson has to be our main UFC betting prediction to win here.
UFC Fight Night Prediction: Fight Result – Michael Johnson to Win @ -333 (1.30) with bet365