As a true UFC fan I am as excited as you can be about this fight tonight with Johnson vs. Dodson II on the way. I know a lot of UFC “fans” hate watching Demetrious fight but that’s because all these fans want to see is fast paced constant action. Demetrious is a treat for the eyes for anyone who loves the true talent it takes to be an MMA star because this kid has the most perfect skill set, I have ever seen. When you watch him it is hard to find a flaw in his game. Frank Mir and Arlovski are the Co-main in a battle for what might actually be the number one contender in the heavyweight division with a victory here. This fight card also has Anthony Rumble Johnson following his loss for the title. The other fight that has a lot of excitement behind it is the Paige VanZant vs Alex Chambers fight because Paige is a kid on the rise and Chambers is a way underrated fighter who could climb right into the top 11 with a win today. Here we go fight fans it is time for my predictions for UFC 191.
Prelims Fox Sports 1 (8 PM/ET):
Clay Collard (14-6, 1 NC) vs. Tiago Trator (19-5-2, 1 NC): It is time to kick off the televised prelims with a fight in the Featherweight division. Tiago Trator is entering only his second fight in the featherweight division in which he is 0-1. Tiago is entering his third fight in the UFC where he is currently 1-1 following a tough loss in his last fight where he was knocked out cold. Tiago has finished 13 of his 19 wins, 7 by KO and the other 6 obviously by submission. Tiago has the ability to finish fights early not something he does commonly but he has stopped 4 fights in the very first round. Tiago is training hard in BJJ and Wrestling while continuing to improve his great striking skills. Now standing opposite of Tiago is Clay Collard who is part of the young future of the UFC and definitely one of the future stars in the Featherweight division. At 22 years young he has already fought three times in the UFC struggling so far going 1-2 in the top level. Clay has stopped 10 of his 14 wins, 8 of them by KO and 2 more by submission. Now with 10 stoppages, he has finished 7 of them in the very first round. This kid has some incredible striking skills he just needs to put it all together in the UFC and he could become a ranked fighter quickly. I really would love to see him starting putting it all together because he leaves a lot to be excited about. He is currently the 7th youngest fighter on the active UFC roster and will take some time to make it where his potential can truly blossom and us as the fans need to have some patience. This fight is tough to call but I am going to pick Clay Collard with a first round KO/TKO after he gets some great early strikes.
#13 (12) Jessica Andrade (13-4) vs Raquel Pennington (5-6): This fight is in the women’s bantamweight division between two young ladies. Raquel is 2-2 in the UFC and is still learning, I believe and is trying to figure out how to put it all together. She is a very well rounded fighter who has 3 stoppages of her 5 professional wins. Pennington already fought and loss to Andrade in a split decision, in a fight where I didn’t entirely see how she came out the loser honestly. Pennington really does have a good striking skill set as well as the ability to wrestle well on the mat. Now I was one of the first people to say Pennington has a losing record why does she have a job in the UFC but after watching her on fight pass and some on youtube I realized she is a better fighter than her record says she is, and I encourage you to give her a chance. Now in the opposite corner is Jessica Andrade who is only 23 years old and is 4-2 in the UFC already. Jessica is an incredible finisher in the women’s division having finished 10 of her 13 fights, 6 of those are by submission and the final 4 are by way of KO. She is a fast paced fighter who will look to put all the pressure on Pennington and try to force her to fight on her heels, she has finished 6 fights in the first round by pushing the fights to her own pace. Now Jessica has some pretty impressive ground and pound and if, and when this fight goes to the mat look for her to brutalize Raquel. While they are standing look for some good jabs here and there but expect them to just be setting up her awesome kicks. I think this fight actually could steal the show for the prelims. With that being said I am going to take Jessica Andrade because I think she is truly the better all-around fighter and will get a 2nd round submission.
#12 (13) Francisco Rivera (11-4, 1 NC) vs #8 (9) John Lineker (25-7): The Co-Main of the prelims is a fight in the bantamweight division between a bantamweight fighter and a flyweight fighter. John Lineker is taking a step up in weight class for this fight. Lineker seems to be staying here in the bantamweight division after this fight. This in my opinion could be a huge advantage for him as he will be more powerful and I believe is now in the division he should have always stayed in. He is only 25 years of age yet he has picked up 25 wins in 32 professional fights. Lineker is coming in to this with back to back wins, and 6 wins in his last 7 the lone loss being to Ali Bagautinov. Lineker is a beast with a ton of aggression and will be backing down his opponent which makes him so fun to watch just because he loves to brutalize his opponent. Lineker in the flyweight was known for his great cardio and I think not having to cut as much weight will be a big help for that even more and we could see this guy run circles around the octagon all 15 minutes no problem. Now in the opposite corner is a guy who will always be a top 15 fighter in the bantamweight division Francisco Rivera. Rivera is known for his great striking and it is well deserved because he has 8 KO’s out of 11 wins. He has finished 6 of his fights in the very first round and he along with Lineker come out fast in their fights. Rivera is coming off a good win over Alex Caceres and wants a fight with Uriah Faber after this one if he pulls off the win. Rivera needs to keep this fight standing as his ground game can get dominated and is definitely his weakness. Now this fight could be so exciting to watch and I believe it will be, I think the winner is tough to call because both these guys love to stand and exchange. I think though when it comes down to it that Lineker is the more dangerous fighter and will pick up a win at his new division by way of a 2nd round KO.
Ross Pearson (19-9) vs Paul Felder (10-1): The main event of the prelims is set to kick off with a throw down between two fighters trying to turn around a recent loss. For Paul Felder his last fight was a loss to Edson Barboza which was also his first professional loss. Felder is basically a one dimensional fighter with 7 wins by KO and the following three by decision. His loss to Barboza did win fight of the night honors as the two warriors really stood and exchanged. What that fight showed that we weren’t truly aware of before was how good of a chin Felder has, I personally thought Felder was going to go down a few different times. Felder is a come at you fighter with good hands but amazing kicking abilities. I think he will be looking for a beautiful combination using his hands and his feet to pick up the KO today. Now his opponent is Ross Pearson a 16 fight veteran of the octagon. Pearson is a more well-rounded complete fighter than Felder is for sure. Pearson has 12 stoppages, 4 by way of submission and the other 8 by KO. I think Pearson has so many great parts to his game and I really think he could dominate this fight if he is having a good day. He is a great boxer due to his ability in Thai boxing as well as regular boxing. Now his wrestling is actually underrated and I think he could put it on the map with this fight if he can get Felder to the mat and use his incredible ground and pound. My only worry for Pearson is that as of late he has been struggling going 4-3 in his last 7 fights. I am having an incredibly hard time calling this one just because I think Pearson is the better fighter when it comes to all around abilities. That all being said I just think Felder is so good standing that when this fight is upright that he will end this thing if he can or grind out the win either way. I am going to pick my first decision here though and take Felder with a unanimous decision.
Main Card (10 PM/ET PPV)
#7 (6) Paige VanZant (5-1) vs Alex Chambers (5-2): This fight to kick off the Main Card on pay-per view is going to be amazing in the women’s strawweight division. Alex Chambers is a great fighter who I believe is being so overlooked because she is against the second biggest name in the women’s division. She is a great fighter no matter where the fight goes, she has picked up 2 KO victories and 2 submission victories. She is a face paced fighter with great footwork and some lightning fast hands. She is an older fighter at 36 years of age and might not ever reach a title bout in her career but she is still a good fighter and should get some recognition even if she doesn’t pick up the win here. I think if Alex controls the fight and keeps the fight where she wants it then we are going to see a close fight if she doesn’t manage to do so then it will get wild and ugly for her. Now in the opposite corner is one of the biggest names in the women’s division, possibly one of the 10 biggest in the UFC in general, Paige VanZant. Paige is a great fighter she honestly has the complete skill set or at least the potential to get the complete skill set mastered. She is undefeated in the UFC entering her third fight in the octagon. She is just 21 years of age and if she can continue to improve in her weak areas she might be more dominant than Ronda one day, I said MIGHT. Paige knows how to get it done and she really pushes the fight due to her confidence in her extremely well-rounded skills. Her last fight was one of the most fun to watch just because most of the fight was in the wild category. By that I mean that she didn’t really get the fight where she wanted yet she dominated with some really wild scrambles. I personally love Paige and thankfully my decision here to pick her to pick up a 2nd round submission isn’t unjustified as she enters the night a -1600 favorite.
#12 (11) Jan Blachowicz (18-4) vs (15) Corey Anderson (6-1): Time for the first of the back to back light heavyweight fights. The 25 year old unranked Corey Anderson I had on the bubble of making 15th in the division and I truly believe he could be. He is an incredibly gifted fighter and I think he is part of the future of this division full of old guys who are getting to the end of their careers. Corey is a great wrestler with tons of power. His wrestling skills were on display in the TUF up until the finale where he stopped his opponent in the first round with a KO. Corey has only fought 3 times in the UFC, his last fight was where he picked up a really tough loss to a great fighter in Gian Villante by way of a TKO in a fight that won fight of the night. Corey has taken 3 of his 6 fights the distance and when he has stopped the fight they have all been by way of KO and in the very first round. I love the strength in Corey’s hands and I think if he chooses to keep this fight standing he shouldn’t be seen as a wrestler out of his element. Now in the opposite corner is the ranked Jan Blachowicz. Jan is a great standing fighter with all the skills in the world on his feet possessing amazing Muy-Thai skills and some incredible Jiu-jitsu when it does go to the ground. Jan has won 12 of his 18 by way of a stoppage 5 are by KO and the other 7 are by submission again displaying his great ground game that seems to be overlooked. He is entering his third UFC fight as he is 1-1 in the UFC picking up a debut win over Ilir Latifi following that picked up a loss to Jimi Manuwa in an incredible match. Jan has as many first round finishes as Corey Anderson has wins in total, 6 of them. Now if he takes this fight to the mat it comes down to the world’s number one question, lol, what wins on the mat wrestling or jiu-jitsu. I think it would be in his best interest to keep this fight standing and use his Muy-Thai to pick up the win. Now the most interesting fact in this fight is that in their young UFC careers, neither one of these guys has even been taken down, and that itself could be something that changes this fight entirely. I think that Jan is as well as Corey a bright spot in the future of the UFC light heavyweight division and I truly believe he will be the better fighter his entire career. I am going to pick Jan as I believe he will pick up his 7th first round stoppage this one coming by way of a brutal KO.
#1 (2) Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4) vs #7 (6) Jimi Manuwa (15-1): The second part of the light heavyweight fights is a huge one as it could turn the division on its head. Jimi Manuwa is coming into this fight off a victory over Jan who we will have just watched in the previous fight. Jimi is a KO machine and quite honestly is a finishing machine as he has stopped 14 of his 15 professional wins. His lone fight that wasn’t stopped was the fight I just mentioned his decision win over Jan. He has stopped 13 fights by knocking his opponent’s heads off and the other one by way of a guillotine. His lone pro loss came two fights ago in the UFC and was against the number one contender Alexander Gustaffson in which we saw him knocked out in the 2nd round. Jimi will most likely do anything he can to avoid going to ground and will look to finish this fight fast as he has in the past having 10 first round finishes. Manuwa does have some ability on the mat but they aren’t the best and he should look to keep the fight where he is most comfortable. Now standing opposite of him though is the last guy to challenge for the title in Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Rumble is truly a freak of nature and is a terrifying fighter with a lot of class. After he was submitted by Cormier in the third round he was classy enough to put the title around Daniel’s waist himself. After the fight Cormier said that Rumble really hits hard, and he felt it. That isn’t a good sign for any opponent but especially not for Manuwa as I believe Anthony will be coming into this fight mad after his 9 fight win streak was snapped and missed his title shot. He has ended 13 of his 19 fights and all 13 are by way of KO, in other words be ready for a standing brawl that could turn into a bloody mess. The advantage Johnson has standing I believe is his hand speed, he isn’t just an extremely powerful man, his hands fly and they land with devastating power. Power and speed in the light heavyweight division is a nightmare for any opponent he will face. I think this fight has the potential to go to the underdog in Manuwa if he can catch Johnson one or two times and get him on his heels, but I don’t see that happening. I truly think this will be over quick as Johnson will be fighting with anger and aggression putting Jimi on his heels and forcing him to retreat never getting his full power into the fight. I am going to take Rumble in a first round KO in under 3 minutes and get his name right back up there for the title shot again.
#4 (4) Andrei Arlovski (24-10, 1 NC) vs #10 (9) Frank Mir (18-9): This is the Co-Main event of the evening and it has two hard hitting heavyweight veterans who were both at one point UFC heavyweight champions. This fight is honestly between two guys I will call legends of the UFC and I can’t possibly say everything I want to say about either fighter but I will cover the important points. Now the guy with the uncanny ability for trash talk Frank Mir this fight could get him back in the top 5 in this division. Frank is the best fighter on the mat in the heavyweight division behind the current champion and Cain Velasquez, those two are in an element of their own. I know he lost to Barnett and Josh believes he is the better wrestler but Josh didn’t beat him on the ground and that to me showed he was too afraid to give Mir a chance on the mat. Frank is coming off a performance of the night win over Todd Duffee which got a lot of fans excited and I think that’s why he is jumping all the way up to fight a number 4 ranked fighter here. What I saw in the Duffee fight was that he was dazed and ready to go down and threw a couple strikes while dazed and wobbly that just caught Duffee and knocked him out cold. It makes me think of the injured bear, an injured bear is a lot scarier than a healthy bear because they seem to get stronger and more ferocious. Frank has finished 14 of his 18 wins, 9 of them by submission and some of those are devastating ugly submissions, the other 5 by way of KO. Frank has picked up submission wins over Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, Minotauro Nogueira, and Cheick Kongo. Frank is as I said a freak on the mat but his striking as improved leaps and bounds and that’s why we are seeing him resurge through the heavyweight division as he doesn’t seem to have that many weaknesses left. Opposite of Mir is the man who made one of the most exciting fights I have seen in the UFC earlier this year, Andrei Arlovski. Andrei earlier this year had a knockout brawl with Travis Browne and that fight would have been fight of the year if McDonald and Lawler didn’t happen. Andrei is a knockout machine with a great chin and will be so hard to stop with hands and his grappling is great as well. Andrei has 20 stoppages out of his 24 wins and 17 of those are extremely devastating KO’s and the other 3 are submissions. Arlovski is extremely tough to take to the mat and post’s an 86% takedown defense and that would work in his benefit as he is definitely the stronger fighter with a way better chin. This fight is going to be a legend vs. legend fight and should be respected as one. I am going to take the guy who I believe should be next up for Werdum and have Andrei Arlovski winning this thing by way of a first round KO as they throw fists and it gets wild and fun again.
(C) Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1) vs #1 John Dodson (18-6): The Main event of the evening!! It’s the battle for the flyweight title and if you’re a UFC fan this should be almost as good as it gets. There in my opinion have only been two fighters better than Demetrious Johnson in UFC history those being Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. Johnson is the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC I could care-less what UFC.com says and all the fans who hate him, do so because he isn’t the perfect technical fighter not the come get ratings fighter. I am just beyond fed up of all the hate Johnson gets, yet someone like Faber who grinds and fights a technical fight gets love. Anyway Demetrious is a legend and he is so scary good and the only real test I can say he has had as the champion is the man he is fighting tonight in John Dodson. Johnson is an incredibly fast fighter the only fighter with quicker hands in the UFC is again probably his opponent. Demetrious though is better on the mat than almost anyone if not anyone and his striking is so good because he knows when to throw when to defend and how to find the holes in his opponents. His last title defense we saw Johnson set a record that will never be broken as he tapped out his opponent with under .5 seconds left in the 5th round picking up a win 24 minutes 59.6 seconds into a fight is virtually unbeatable. Just a way of showing how legendary the legend is setting records you can’t beat. John Dodson is his opponent and a very deserving one as these two have squared off for this title before and it was the most exciting title defense in this division ever. Dodson had two knockdowns of Johnson and looked like he was going to pull off the win but he just didn’t manage to pull it off and now he is back for redemption and to take the title. Dodson has called himself the savior of the flyweight division because the fans love a fast paced, knockout power fight, which Dodson will bring each and every single time he steps into the octagon. As I said earlier Dodson is a monster standing up because he possesses the quickest hands in the UFC and the power he possesses is uncanny for anyone in the Flyweight division. His one and only weakness is that he isn’t better then Johnson on the mat or in the clinch. This fight to go Dodson’s way will have to stay upright and he will have to keep Johnson striking with him to really be able to pull off the win. I have always said Dodson is one of the two fighters I can see beat Johnson in the Flyweight division. The other was truly Thomas Almeida is he would have stayed in the Flyweight division but now it might be just Dodson. Anyway to the prediction I go with the Champion retaining his title once again but I don’t think it’s a guarantee just in-case I didn’t make it obvious. I think Johnson will get a hold of Dodson on the mat in the 4th round and pick up a submission victory in again the most exciting title fight in Flyweight history.
- Matt Koontz.
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
Clay Collard vs. Tiago Trator: The first fight of the night is a featherweight matchup between two fairly new competitors to the UFC. Clay Collard is coming into this fight at 14-6. Collard has eight wins by knockout and two wins by submission. He also has seven first round finishes. Collard may be new to the UFC, but he is a well-seasoned fighter. At his current age of 22, he has over 21 MMA fights under his belt and an amateur boxing record of 65-20. Collard also won the Junior Olympics in boxing. His opponent in this fight is Tiago Trator. Trator is 19-5-2 and this will be his third fight in the UFC. Trator has seven wins by knockout and six wins by submission, with four first round finishes. This is only his second fight at featherweight and his first few fights were way up at light heavyweight. I haven’t seen his last fight, but his weight cut for this fight could affect his ability to go the distance. I think this fight will be all stand-up and somebody is going down in the first round. I think these two will have a good back and forth and towards the end of the first Collard will pick up the knockout victory.
(#13) Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington: The next fight will be in the women’s bantamweight division. Raquel Pennington is 5-6 in her professional career. Pennington has one win by knockout and two by submission. She has a good defense, but has trouble pulling off wins. Pennington has a success rate of 72% of strikes avoided and 76% of takedowns defended. Every time she loses I get afraid she will get released because at this point she is losing more than she wins. When she is doing well she is a very enjoyable striker so I would hate for her to be let go. Her opponent is the #13 ranked Jessica Andrade. Andrade has a record of 13-4. She has won six fights by knockout and four by submission, with only three wins not by finishes. Andrade has six first round finishes and has won 11 of her last 14 fights. I would really like if Raquel Pennington could win this, but I do not think it’s going to happen this time. Jessica Andrade has the record of a better fighter and I think that she will win this fight. I think that these two will stand and strike until Andrade gets the knockout victory.
(#12) Francisco Rivera vs. (#8) John Lineker: The third fight of the prelims will be a bantamweight fight between two ranked fighters. Francisco Rivera is ranked 12 and has a record of 11-4. Rivera has eight wins by knockout and six of them were in the first round. Two of those knockouts were even in the first minute. Rivera has lost his last match, but is 6-2 with 1 NC for his last nine fights. His opponent is the number 8 ranked John Lineker. Lineker is 25-7 in his professional career. Lineker has 12 wins by knockout and three by submission. He has won six of his last seven fights and is on a two fight win streak. Lineker is moving up to the bantamweight division from flyweight. This will be his first fight as a bantamweight. I think this fight will be another standing battle and this will be a wildly entertaining fight. I think both fighters are too aware of the other and will be certain to make it out of the first round. Once one fighter shows weakness I think the other will swarm him and pick up a TKO victory. I predict that Rivera will put up a hard fight, but John Lineker will walk away with the victory.
Ross Pearson vs. Paul Felder: The main event for the Prelims will be a lightweight matchup. Paul Felder has a professional record of 10-1. Felder has seven wins by knockout and two wins in the first round. He has a second degree black belt in taekwondo and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His opponent is Ross Pearson with a record of 19-9. Pearson has eight wins by knockout and four wins by submission. He has a black belt in taekwondo, a brown belt in judo and a blue belt in jiu-jitsu. This fight is definitely going to be a standup war and both fighters are aware of it. If the others fail to live up to it, this will be the first exciting fight of the night. I actually believe that this fight will go the distance because both fighters just will not quit on this fight. I don’t want to see Ross Pearson lose, but I am going to say that Paul Felder will pick up the victory because he has a higher percentage of stoppages.
(#7) Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers: The first fight of the main card will be a strawweight matchup. First up is Alex Chambers who has a record of 4-2. Chambers has two wins by knockout and two wins by submission, with only one of them not in the first round. She has a third degree black belt in karate and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Her opponent is the super popular Paige VanZant. Everyone is going nuts over VanZant because she is the third youngest fighter in the UFC and she is the number 7 ranked fighter in the strawweight division. VanZant is 5-1 and on a three fight win streak. She has one first round finish, which is her only submission. She also has a win by knockout. VanZant is wildly unorthodox, but makes up for it in her amazing ability to constantly push the pace and swarm at the slightest sight of weakness. She even has a successful ground game because her unorthodox style has her opponents unaware of what she is doing until she does it. I have confidence that Paige VanZant will end this with a knockout or TKO and unfortunately for Alex Chambers, the longer this fight goes the worse it will get. I have seen two of VanZant’s fights and it looks like she can’t stop moving, so it’s not a matter of if, it’s when she will win this.
(#12) Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson: The next fight on this card is the first of two light heavyweight fights. Corey Anderson has a professional record of 6-1. His first professional loss was in his last fight and he is not looking to keep that streak going. Anderson was a decorated collegiate wrestler and is an aggressive striker. He has three wins by knockout and all of them were in the first round. He also has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu so he has a balanced ground game. His opponent is the number 12 ranked Jan Blachowicz. Blachowicz has a professional record of 18-4. Blachowicz has five wins by knockout and seven wins by submission. Six of those 12 finishes were in the first round. He is also coming off a loss and it was his first in over seven fights. Neither fighter has been taken down so it will be another fight that is mostly standup. Anderson will want to close the distance and punch while Blachowicz will want to keep him with his kicks. Blachowicz isn’t afraid of punching, but he will know that Corey will feel more comfortable close. This will be a war of striking styles more than anything else and I think whoever can control the fight will get the victory. I am hoping that Corey Anderson can pull through and get this win via TKO. However I think whoever pulls it off will be in the second or third round.
(#1) Anthony Johnson vs. (#7) Jimi Manuwa: This will be the second light heavyweight fight of the night between two ranked fighters. Jimi Manuwa is the number 7 ranked fighter and has a professional record of 15-1. Regardless of being with the UFC for three years, this will be Manuwa’s first fight in the United States. Manuwa has 13 wins by knockout and one win by submission. Ten of his finishes were in the first round. His last fight was the first time any of his fights have gone the distance. His opponent is the number 1 ranked Anthony Johnson. Johnson has a professional record of 19-5. Johnson’s last fight was a loss to now UFC Champ, Daniel Cormier. Other than that, Johnson has won eight of his last eleven fights. All 13 of Johnson’s stoppages can be attributed to knockouts and he is as fast as he is strong. As a matter of fact, his first two fights lasted a combined total of 64 seconds. These two fighters are going to go nuts trying to drop their opponent. Both fighters are strong as hell and have impressive knockout records to go along with them. I actually think this fight will go quickly because both of them will be aiming to end this as soon as possible. I predict that Anthony Johnson will be able to redeem his loss and pick up the win via TKO.
(#4) Andrei Arlovski vs. (#10) Frank Mir: The co-main event for the night is a heavyweight battle. Frank Mir is the number 10 ranked fighter and has a record of 18-9. Frank Mir could not be a more perfect example of a well-balanced fighter. Mir has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has had one since his start in the UFC back in 2001. When he first started, Mir had a poor standup, but was lethal on the ground. In fact he obtained two submissions of the night. I am not sure when it happened, but Frank Mir got in better shape and really worked on his standup and now he is a serious contender everywhere. In fact Mir is riding a two fight win streak, both knockouts, both KO of the night. Mir has nine wins by submission and five by knockout. His opponent is the number 4 ranked Andrei Arlovski. Arlovski has a record of 24-10. Arlovski just recently came back from spending a few years with another company. He has had three fights since he came back and has won all three of them and is on a five fight win streak overall. Arlovski has 17 wins by knockout and three by submission, with 13 first round finishes. Frank has a great standup as seen in his recent fights, but I think he should avoid standing against Arlovski. I think Mir’s recent fights will give him the confidence to think he can stand with Arlovski and he will pay the harsh price of getting knocked out in the first round.
(C) Demetrious Johnson vs. (#1) John Dodson: I have said over and over that the flyweight division has the fastest fighters in the UFC. Well in the fastest division, these are two of the fastest in the division. On top of that, Dodson is probably the most powerful lightweight while the Champ is one of the most technical fighters in the whole organization. The number 1 ranked lightweight John Dodson has a record of 18-6. Dodson’s only loss in his last ten fights was to the champ, Demetrious Johnson. In fact, Demetrious was his only loss since he has entered the UFC. Dodson has nine wins by knockout and two by submission. His opponent Demetrious Johnson is arguably the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC and with good reason. The champ is 21-2-1 and is the first and only flyweight champion since the division was introduced in 2012. Johnson has nine wins by submission and four by knockout. Every time Johnson faces an opponent a second time, he gets better. With Ian McCall he just barely beat him the first time to dominating him the second. With Joseph Benavidez he won by decision the first time and stopped their second outing with a first round TKO. So with this being the second time these two are meeting it creates a scary atmosphere for John Dodson. Dodson isn’t worried though because he believes the decision should have been in his favor the first time and he says he is going to win even bigger this time. These two definitely put on a show and I have absolutely no idea how to call this thing. I enjoy both fighters and while I am leaning towards John Dodson it would be crazy to bet against a man like Mighty Mouse. All I have to say is everybody that watches this fight is a winner.