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UFC on FOX 3 Results: What We Learned from Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson

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Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIMay 5, 2012

In the opening bout of UFC on Fox 3's main card, Pat Barry met Lavar Johnson in a heavyweight slugfest. 

Like many predicted, the fight ended in the first round by knockout. 

Despite Barry out working Johnson on the ground, Johnson was able to take advantage of the fight once it got back to the feet, and ended it with hard punches that took Barry out near the end of the round. 

Here's what we'll remember about this fight. 

 

What We'll Remember About this Fight

We knew these two were going to stand and trade. What we may not have expected was for the fight to go to the ground and there actually be a submission attempt by Barry. 

Once the fight got back to the feet, Barry tried his best to hold on as Johnson was hitting him repeatedly against the cage as the round neared its end. 

But Johnson proved to be just too much for Barry as he finally landed the knockout blows. 

 

What We Learned About Barry

Barry continued to show improvement in his ground game as he not only mounted Johnson, but actually went for an Americana. 

But Barry proved once again that although he can land some good shots, he often leaves himself open. Tonight he paid dearly for it. 

 

What We Learned About Johnson

After overcoming some adversity on the ground, Johnson let his heavy hand go. 

We learned (or were reminded of) just how hard Johnson can hit. Tonight's knockout was Johnson's 15th in 22 fights. 

 

What's Next for Barry

After starting his career 4-0, Barry has not gone 3-5.

Barry needs to get back on track, and what better way than by taking on Brendan Schaub.

Schaub, like Barry, is coming off a loss.

Like Barry, Schaub also has a habit of leaving himself open as he goes for powerful strikes. 

 

What's Next for Johnson

If you didn't know who Johnson was before this fight, you know who he is now.

With the win, Johnson wins his second straight and could be ready to test his hands against some higher level heavyweights.

There are plenty of exciting options for Johnson, but a slugfest with a returning Shane Carwin could be one for the ages.

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