UFC on FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson (-285) vs. John Dodson (+215)
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his strap for the first time when he takes on former “The Ultimate Fighter” winner John Dodson in a fast-paced bout that serves as the five-round headliner of UFC on FOX 6 Saturday.
Johnson (16-2-1) won the UFC flyweight belt when he beat Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152, as he was able to outpoint Benavidez over five rounds to sneak out with a split decision.
“Mighty Mouse” is the fastest fighter in the UFC and has gone 2-0-1 in three fights since dropping to 125 pounds, creeping into the pound-for-pound talks in the process. He’s a very good wrestler, a good striker, and brings his all every single time he steps into the cage.
Johnson has a ton of experience fighting high-level competition and, at 26, he’s in the prime of his career. He’s not much of a finisher and mostly wins by decision, but he wins fights. With renowned coach Matt Hume in his corner, Johnson is going to be hard to beat at flyweight in the UFC.
Dodson (14-5) won Season 14 of TUF as a bantamweight, knocking T.J. Dillashaw in the finale. Since then, Dodson’s dropped down to his naturally more competitive weight of 125 pounds and has looked absolutely fantastic, taking a decision over Tim Elliott at UFC on FOX 3 and scoring a TKO against Jussier Formiga at UFC on FX 5 to earn his title shot against Johnson.
Dodson is one of the fastest fighters in the UFC but will he be faster than “Mighty Mouse”? It’s tough to say, but one thing for sure - Dodson has the power advantage as evidenced by his six career knockouts despite weighing only 125 pounds. If he can connect on Johnson’s chin and put him on the canvass, he can definitely get the stoppage.
Johnson is fast and should be able to avoid most of Dodson’s punches, but it will only takes one punch to finish him. In our opinion, Dodson has to win the fight in the first two rounds or else he’s going to lose a decision to Johnson.
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