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Lavar Johnson to make UFC debut against Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2

It didn’t take long for the UFC to start bringing over Strikeforce heavyweights. Less than one week after UFC president Dana White announced that the Strikeforce heavyweight division would cease to exist in 2012, Lavar Johnson has been called up to the big time to face Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2. The heavyweight slugfest will be part of the nights preliminary card.

The bout has been confirmed by UFC officials.

“Big” Johnson will be looking to stop a two fight slide, dropping his last two bouts by submission to Shane del Rosario and Shawn Jordan. Having never gone to a decision in 20 professional fights, Johnson has stopped 13 opponents by way of (T)KO. Perhaps his biggest victory came back in 2009 and happened outside of the cage. During a Fourth of July family reunion, Johnson was shot twice and spent over a month in the hospital, reportedly in serious condition. Johnson pulled through though and returned to training upon being released.

A fellow banger, also in a must-win situation, Beltran has lost three of his last four, dropping decisions to Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry, and Stipe Miocic but picking up a victory over Aaron Rosa prior to his bout with Miocic. Like Johnson, the majority of Beltran’s victories have come by way of (T)KO, finishing 11 of 13 opponents via strikes. In six career losses, “The Mexicutioner” has only been finished once back in 2008.

UFC on FOX 2 is scheduled for January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event will be headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between former champion Rashad Evans and top contender Phil Davis.


  • Rece Rock says:


    this should be a quick fun fight… I think it’s a toss up of who connects bigger and better first.

    Last thing I want to see is these guys go 3 rounds.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is a great match up, I will go with Joey as you cant KO this guy and that is all Lavar has shown so far. It will be fun while it lasts.

  • G-DUB says:

    Beltran’s tough as nails, but neither one of these guys has shown the skill necessary to compete in the upper echelon of the HW division. Interesting fight though. I don’t think Beltran has the power to KO Lavar and the jury is out on Lavar’s cardio. Either Beltran by decision or LJ by KO …. leaning towards LJ by KO.


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