This weekend on the UFC fight schedule is full of great matchups at a Fight Night event in the APEX. One of the best matchups for fight fans will be between lightweights Michael Johnson and Darrius Flowers to start the main card.
Johnson vs Flowers Picks
- Pick: Johnson -139.
Continue reading for a closer look at this lightweight bout and for the official Johnson vs Flowers prediction ahead of placing your bets this weekend.
Johnson vs. Flowers Information
Michael Johnson vs Darrius Flowers
Location of the game: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Date & Time: February 10, 2024. 7 PM ET main card start
How to Watch: ESPN+
Last Fight Record
Johnson’s last appearance was in May 2023 against Diego Ferreira, when he suffered a second-round KO loss.
Flowers is coming off a second-round submission loss to Jake Matthews in his UFC debut at UFC 291 in July 2023.
Michael Johnson vs Darrius Flowers Betting Analysis
Johnson is an American mixed martial artist with a professional record of 21-19, including 9 TKO/KO wins and 2 submissions. If you are new to the sport of MMA, Johnson is arguably a living legend, even with his 19 losses. He has wins dating back to 2012 over the likes of Tony Ferguson, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, and Dustin Poirier. He secured 5 post-fight bonuses in the UFC, and his matchup against Justin Gaethje received the 2017 Fight of the Year honor.
Johnson is a 5’10” southpaw with a 73” reach. In his long UFC career, he averages 4.28 significant strikes landed and 3.91 sig. strikes absorbed per minute. He also has a solid 80% takedown defense to add to his resume.
Flowers is an American mixed martial artist from Chicago with a professional MMA record of 12-6 with 8 TKO/KO wins and one submission at the age of 29, 8 years younger than his opponent this weekend.
In his two fights in the octagon, including his DWCS bout, Flowers averages 4.19 significant strikes landed per minute and absorbs 7.02 sig. strikes per minute. He has landed 1.70 takedowns per 15 minutes and has a 100% takedown defense. Flowers is a 5’9” orthodox stance fighter with a 71” reach.
The UFC and ESPN haven’t disclosed any injuries.
Michael Johnson vs Darrius Flowers Betting Preview
The Johnson vs Flowers prediction can’t be made unless we preview the betting lines and the styles of both athletes. Learning about fights is crucial for UFC betting due to its difficulty.
According to UFC odds, Johnson is coming in as the -139 betting favorite over the +119 Flowers. The over/under is set at 1.5 rounds and this bout is favored to end inside the distance at -280 according to the BetUS sportsbook.
Johnson, a slick boxer with great cardio and high fight IQ from years of experience against top fighters. Flowers is a strong dude with power in his hands and a solid wrestling skill set.
Flowers uses super-explosive techniques to take opponents down to the ground and that has led to multiple hard slams, including a slam finish in his fight at Dana White’s Contender Series. The downfall to this style is the lack of cardio he has shown.
For this matchup, you need to decide who is more likely to suffer from the questions around their game. Will Johnson’s chin hold up? Will Flowers be able to go 15 minutes with a crafty veteran?
Michael Johnson vs Darrius Flowers Best Bets and Prediction
After watching multiple past performances from both of these fighters, this has the potential to be the best of all the upcoming UFC fights this weekend.
With that being said, our official Johnson vs Flowers prediction is that Johnson will find himself back in the winning column and get his hand raised.
The worrisome history of Flowers’ poor cardio and fight IQ prevents making a confident bet in his favor. This is a fight to circle on the UFC schedule as a must-watch. Flowers and Johnson have the dog inside of them to make this a war, but it’s going to be whoever can take advantage of the other’s weakness. Don’t forget to keep reading our UFC predictions!
- Pick: Johnson -139.