The Flyweight division in the UFC hasn’t exactly been an MMA fan favorite. Nevertheless, the UFC continues to showcase the division hoping that at some point the fans will gravitate towards it. The main event at UFC 191 will be a rematch between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. At 5’3”, both fighters are diminutive in size but not in heart. Expect a quick action packed fight. Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 191.
John Dodson comes into UFC 191 with an overall MMA record of 17-6. More impressively, he’s 8-1 in his last 9 fights with the only loss coming to Demetrious Johnson in a close decision that many thought Dodson had pulled out. Dodson is small but packs in a lot of power. He has finishes 8 of his 17 wins via KO/TKO and has finished 2 out of the last 3 via KO/TKO. In the first match up, Dodson rocked Johnson and came very close to finishing the fight in the early rounds.
Demetrius Johnson is defending his Flyweight title and is coming into UFC 191 with an overall MMA record of 22-2. Johnson is on an 8 fight winning streak and is seemingly getting better and better. In his last 5 fights, he’s submitted 3 of his opponents and KO’ed another. Johnson specializes in putting on the pressure until he mentally and physically breaks down his opponents.
In this rematch, look for Dodson to be more aggressive. He missed several opportunities to finish the fight in their first meeting. As the fight wore on, Johnson was able to adapt and he figured out how to grind Dodson down. Dodson will have to keep the fight standing in order to give himself the best opportunity to win.
Keeping the fight standing against Demetrious Johnson won’t be an easy task. Look for Johnson to push the pace and look for takedowns. Sooner or later, Johnson will find openings and will take control of the fight. Johnson will once again walk out of the UFC Octagon with the Flyweight belt!
Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 191: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson 2