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UFC's Lavar Johnson on the rise

In his UFC debut, Lavar Johnson did something no one ever did: he knocked out Joey Beltran. For as heavy a hand as Johnson throws, Beltran has just as tough a chin and head.

Johnson has 21 professional fights, with 16 wins, but in many ways, he's a newbie on the scene. Fight No. 22 occurs May 5 against Pat Barry at UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

In the meantime, this is a chance for Johnson, who trains with former champion Cain Velasquez and former Olympian Daniel Cormier at AKA in San Jose, Calif., to increase his profile among fans who know "UFC" more than they know "MMA."

Watch the embedded video above to learn a little more about Johnson.

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