December 13, 2008
It's hard to imagine anything more devastating than prior head kicks landed by Rashad Evans (on Sean Salmon) and Gabe Gonzaga (on Cro Cop). Tonight, Anthony Johnson moved into that group. He put Kevin Burns to sleep with a left kick to the head. Burns was out on the way down to the mat. Johnson tried to throw one more punch but it was over :28 of the third.
"I really don't know what to say. I really started working on my kicks two months ago," said Johnson who is working with Cung Le and Josh Thompson. "I have the best trainers in the world. It just happened, I decided to throw it and it worked."
Wilson Gouveia was probably thinking he may get Knockout of the Night after his quick finish against Jason MacDonald. It has to go to Johnson after that shot.
The story of the fight were Johnson's jabs. He landed several that looked like hooks with Burn's head snapping back. The guys had some great exchanges and Burns showed a great chin before he got blasted.
Johnson freaked out in the cage right after the KO until he realized Burns was sleeping. You can't blame the guy. It's been a long time on the comeback trail for Johnson (pictured after UFN 14) who suffered a severe eye injury the last time these guys fought.
NOTE: We're doing a live post-fight radio show from Las Vegas. I'll be joined by fighters from the card, Matt Serra, Stephen Bonnar and Sam Caplan from CBSSports.com. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
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