UFC 146: 5 Opponents to Get Lavar Johnson Back on Track

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UFC 146: 5 Opponents to Get Lavar Johnson Back on Track
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Lavar Johnson's disheartening loss to Stefan Struve kept the fighter from working his way into the division's upper echelon.

Lavar Johnson was on pace to have a 2010 Chris Leben-like resurgence. He knocked out Joey Beltran in his UFC debut. He followed this up with a first-round TKO of Pat Barry. Then, he got called in to take on Stefan Struve after Mark Hunt withdrew from UFC 146 with a knee injury.

He was in position to put together a three-fight win streak, something that almost no fighters in the UFC's heavyweight division have right now.

He was in position to claim a spot on top-10 heavyweight lists.

He was in position to make his back-to-back losses to Shane del Rosario and Shawn Jordan in Strikeforce a distant memory.

Then he got caught by an awkward Stefan Struve armbar only a minute into the fight. This is an undeniably harsh change for somebody that had rocketing stock, and could have had one of the best single years for a fighter, ever.

Now that Lavar Johnson has been slapped back into reality, the question then turns to who should he try and make a comeback against? There are a few good options available for him at this time.

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