The rematch at UFC 191 between John Dodson and the UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was setup because Dodson, back at UFC on Fox 6 in 2013, gave Johnson his toughest fight since he’s been champion.
Since their first encounter, both Johnson and Dodson have rolled through all of their opponents, so UFC 191 was the perfect time to have the rematch.
Unfortunately for Dodson, he didn’t do nearly as well as he did in the first fight, as Johnson was able to completely shut him down and won via unanimous decision.
After the fight, Johnson, who was called “boring” and “bad for the flyweight division” by Dodson before the fight, responded to Dodson and the fans who were booing him after his win, calling them all “f***king idiots” in a post fight interview with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.
“John Dodson said I was garbage, I’m boring, I’m bad for the division. Look at my face, I’m prettier than a motherf*****. That’s what technique will get you.
“I don’t care [about the boos]. They booed Andrei Arlovski, and I think they might have even booed Anthony Johnson. The fans are fans, they’re just f***ing idiots.”
Dodson was quick to retract his previous statements about “Mighty Mouse” after the fight, as he admitted that Johnson was the better fighter, and that, no matter what he did, he just couldn’t stop the UFC flyweight champion.
“I was trying to defend more takedowns and he was just trying to push that pace, and DJ did a wonderful job about that. He came at me, and my hat is off to him. You can’t sit there and badmouth him because this man is still the champion and he did something that everyone saw him doing. I couldn’t stop him.”
As for what’s next for both fighters, Johnson doesn’t rule out the possibility of a third fight with Dodson at some point down the road, but Johnson did advise Dodson to move up a weight class and fight the UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Dodson has said in the past that he can beat him, and in Johnson’s opinion, if you’re going to say something like that, you should go and back it up.
Johnson also didn’t rule out a fight between himself and Dillashaw, but he did say that the UFC will likely match him up with Henry Cejudo in February if Cejudo is able to get past Jussier Da Silva in November.
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