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MANILA, Philippines – Demetrious Johnson remained as the UFC flyweight champion by carving out another convincing unanimous decision over John Dodson in their rematch at UFC 191 on Saturday, September 5 (Sunday, September 6 in Manila) at the 16,800-seater MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Answering questions from their first meeting in 2013 with a performance that left no doubt of his superiority, the 29-year-old “Mighty Mouse” swept the scorecards with 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 marks from the judges.
“John Dodson was saying that I’m garbage, I’m boring, but look at my face,” Johnson said in his post-fight interview. “I look prettier than a motherf••••r, and that’s what technique gets your right there.”
Johnson was merciless with his forward movement and output, battering Dodson with lead right hands and confusing his opponent by switching stances.
The 5-foot-3 native of Kirkland, Washington converted 4 of 16 takedown attempts, but even the unsuccessful shots served a purpose as he gradually sapped Dodson’s gas tank.
According to Fightmetric statistics, Johnson likewise dominating the striking department, throwing more than 100 strikes and outlanding Dodson with a 186-to-111 ratio.
“The last time we fought, I was trying to get to him too much,” Johnson stated. “This time, 25 minutes, I wanted to take my time. At one point I got poked in the eye. I wanted to keep it clean and say, ‘Let’s be technical in this fight.'”
With the impressive outing against Dodson, Johnson improves his professional standing to 23-2-1 and successfully defended his UFC gold-plated strap for the seventh time.
The stellar triumph also moves Johnson into a tie for fourth place all-time in consecutive title defenses.
On the other hand, Dodson downgrades his prizefighting record to 17-7 and snaps his 3-fight winning streak.
“I had more success in the first fight because both of us were going in not knowing what each other’s strengths were. This time, he went in more cautious, more intelligent. I was trying to defend takedowns. He was trying to push pace. DJ did a wonderful job. He came after me. Hats off to him. I can’t sit here and badmouth him. The man’s a champion,” Dodson said of Johnson.
In other matches, Andrei Arlovski (25-10) outpointed fellow former champion Frank Mir (18-10) via unanimous decision.
Anthony Johnson (20-5) knocked out Jimi Manuwa (15-2) with a looping right hand and follow-up punches in the second round of their light heavyweight scrap.
Paige VanZant (6-1) submitted Alex Chambers (5-3) with a third-round armbar in a women’s strawweight bout. – Rappler.com