Johnson wins in WEC Cage

For five minutes, Demetrious Johnson looked woefully out of place. Facing Damacio Page on the main card of Thursday's WEC 52 event in Las Vegas, the 5-foot-3 "Mighty Mouse" was being tossed around the canvas by his larger opponent and appeared well on his way to his second loss in three trips to the WEC cage.

Then suddenly, things started to change for the better. "The first round, he was tossing me around like a ragdoll," Johnson admitted. "I just kept moving my hips in the first round, and the second round I came after my opponent. The second round I made some adjustments and threw knees to his abdominals so he couldn't get close to my hips and start wrestling me."

The change worked. Despite coming into the matchup on about three-weeks' notice after original opponent Eddie Wineland was forced to withdraw, Johnson appeared to have the superior stamina. With his fatigue non-existent and his speed securely in place, Johnson began to turn the tide on Page and control the grappling exchanges.

"When they called me for this fight, I was coming off a victory over Nick Pace in Colorado, so I was already in shape," Johnson said. "I was training 24/7. It's a lifestyle."

Johnson held top position for much of round two and appeared to even the score in the fight. Then, in the third round, Johnson seized an opportunity to latch in a fight-ending guillotine choke. It was a moment Johnson had prepared for after studying tape of his opponent.

"Usually, in his past fights, he likes to give up his neck and then he does really well handfighting," Johnson said. "He was getting tired, and once I had it sunk in, I decided I was going to go for it. I threw everything at him - if I had any coupon codes I would've given him them too!

Johnson's lone career loss came in his WEC debut, a unanimous-decision affair at April's WEC 48 event. During that pay-per-view broadcast bout, Zuffa, LLC commentator Joe Rogan stated that Johnson is a prime example of why the company needs to implement a 125-pound category.

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