On Saturday night at UFC 191, top flyweights Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and John “The Magician” Dodson will face each other for the second time, with Johnson’s flyweight title on the line once again. The two met at UFC on Fox 6 back in 2013, with Johnson taking a decision win in what was an incredible title fight. Since then, Johnson has continued to dominate in title fights, while Dodson has rattled off three wins in a row, he did have a lengthy injury layoff. In addition to the amazing first fight, the best way to get everyone hyped is a collection of Johnson and Dodson’s best moments inside the cage.
Dodson vs Formiga
This was a number one contender bout, and Dodson laid a ferocious punching on Formiga’s head. John stopped Jussier in the second, sending Formiga on a face-planting journey into the canvas, and punching his own ticket for that first fight against Mighty Mouse at the top of the page.
Johnson vs Horiguchi
Johnson’s most recent title defense was impressive because he dominated ever single second of this fight. He overwhelmed Horiguchi with takedowns. In a feat that will never be broken, Johnson, who was well on his way to at least a 50-45 unanimous decision victory, got into side control late in the fifth round. Mighty Mouse isolated Kyoji’s arm, hopped over, and sunk an armbar as the 10-second clapper went off. DJ cranked back, and with less than a second on the clock, forced Horiguchi to tap out. Your winner by submission at 4:59 of the fifth round, AND STILL flyweight champion, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
Dodson vs Montague
Dodson returned from his loss to Johnson against Darrell Montague. The fight didn’t last long, but John managed to pack a lot of punches into the bout, wobbling Montague several times, but he managed to keep his composure and not unload with flurries until he gassed out. Dodson finally landed the finishing blow, sending Montague face-first into the mat, and getting “The Magician” back on the winning track.
Johnson vs Cariaso
Johnson was kind of running out of challengers at this point. He’d beaten Joseph Benavidez twice, John Dodson was still nursing an injury, and Ian McCall’s life was crumbling. Enter Chris Cariaso, a massive underdog, who only lasted one full round. Johnson’s grappling proved to be too much, and Demetrious forced a submission by way of kimura mid-way through the second.
Dodson vs Dillashaw
Before Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw hooked up with Duane “Bang” Ludwig and became the fearsome Monkey Style kickboxer, he was simply a baby-faced kid on The Ultimate Fighter that looked more likely to yell “I NEED AN ADULT!” in response to a referee asking if he’s ready to fight. In the finals of season 14, Dillashaw took on Dodson, who knocked his semi-final opponent, Johnny Bedford back into thinking he was still in Ohio. Dodson didn’t take long to land some huge bombs to Dillashaw’s face, knocking out TJ and securing the bantamweight crown.
Johnson vs Benavidez
In a similar vein as the main event of UFC 191, Johnson and Benavidez had a rematch after an incredible first fight. Johnson landed a beautiful right hand at the perfect time to drop Joe-B, and then he pounced on the downed Team Alpha Male fighter, unleashing a flurry of ground and pound. An epic first round knockout that should have shut up anyone complaining about Mighty Mouse not finishing fights.
With Johnson’s impeccable technique going against Dodson’s raw speed and power, this fight should be another class bout, just like the first. You can watch Johnson vs Dodson 2 in the main event of UFC 191, this Saturday, only on pay per view!