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Tristan Johnson’s quick right hand has put him back on the winning track.
The mixed martial artist from Jordantown knocked out Keven Morin of Victoriaville in the first round of their featherweight bout in Baie Comeau on Saturday, June 7.
“This is really big,” said Johnson. “This has put me back on the winning track, beating a decent opponent—Kevin has fought other UFC hopefuls and won, he only fought the best in the country and I only fought the best.”
Johnson knocked out Morin at 3:59 of the first but says it was a good fight.
“The only way I can describe it is ‘It was a fight’,” he said. “We came out and we’re trading punches, then he got me down and I got back up.”
Johnson caught Morin with a high head kick.
“It rattled him a bit and I saw it,” he said. “And then I caught him with a straight right hand.”
Johnson’s game plan coming in was to land the straight right and the first one knocked Morin down against the cage.
Johnson says he knew then that the game plan was solid.
“When I dropped him with the first one, I knew it would still be open,” he said.
Morin rolled over in the turtle position and then surprised Johnson by standing right up.
Johnson caught Morin with an upper cut and then missed as he tried a knee to the head.
Morin missed with a punch and then Johnson saw his opening.
“I went one two, and down the middle,” said Johnson. “When he went down the second time I knew. You know, just the way they go.”
Johnson, who started out in combat sports as a boxer, now has a purple belt in jujitsu as well. He says the confidence he has in his ground game allows him to really let loose as a striker.
“When you aren’t worried about some guy taking you down, it allows me to really show my hand speed,” he said. “That straight right came off a combination, a double jab, where you don’t expect to see it, but my hand speed is a little different than most MMA fighters.”
Johnson’s match was the main event of an eight-fight card in Baie Comeau called the LAMMQ 2 of the Ligue d’Arts Martiaux Mixtes du Québec.
Johnson was also the main event at the end of April when he fought Rob Font in Rhode Island—that one went the other way, with Johnson suffering the knock out at 2:48 of the first.
A year before that he lost to Jesse Gross by unanimous decision in front of the hometown crowd in Halifax.
With this win in Quebec, Johnson’s record improves to 9-5 while Morin drops to 8-7.
Johnson isn’t sure where or when he’ll fight next, but the sooner the better.
“I’m not sure what’s next,” he said. “It’s a little harder living here in Halifax, there aren’t as many shows but with this win against a good fighter, I’m back on a winning track.”