John Dodson (16-6) lost to “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1) 2 years ago at UFC on Fox 6 via unanimous decision for the UFC flyweight title. With a rematch looming, Dodson decided to critique Johnson’s fighting style in a recent interview with MMAfighting.com.
“Demetrious Johnson is doing something that a lot of people should be doing, just backing it up by fighting,” No. 1 ranked flyweight contender John Dodson recently told MMAFighting.com. “He’s showcasing his ability to be a true champion by being able to finish by strikes, submissions, or a winning decision without squeaking by anybody.
“With that being said, him not being able to pop kind of ruins it for all of us. That’s why we all need to step up as athletes and start doing it ourselves. If the division wants to have some limelight, then we need to start having some other fighters who can present that opportunity. It doesn’t matter if we’re a champion or not.”
“It kinda is hard to watch because if he’s not promoting — being a champion you have to essentially be the president of our division,” Dodson said. “Like, you have to sit there and be in front of people and popping and showing everybody a different side of us that will [draw] people into it. Like Anthony Pettis went out and became a Wheaties box champion but nobody ever cared about that. They have Donald Cerrone, who’s consistently fighting and has a Budweiser sponsorship, going out to Daytona. People are more excited for Donald Cerrone to go duck hunting and go see something else rather than having Anthony Pettis being on a box of Wheaties.
“It just shows you that it’s us, as individual flyweights, that we need to do something differently rather than complain about the person who’s holding the title. If we wind up waiting for that title to change, then we’re [not doing our jobs] anyways.”
Since his loss to Johnson, Dodson is 2-0 with 2 knockout victories under his belt. One in the first round at UFC 166 against Darrell Montague and then again in the 2nd round against former number 1 contender John Moraga in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 42. Dodson reiterates his knockout prowess and claims to be in one of the most entertaining divisions, minus Might Mouse however.
“Everyone loves me because I can knock someone out and I have such a beautiful smile,” Dodson joked. “People love Ian McCall because of the fact that he has a cartoon face with a mustache and hair and his girlish figure. Well, if everyone makes [Johnson] out to be bad for the division, then us, as fighters, need to step up at that division to get people interested in it. We have to show a purpose.
“If you look at the two divisions who finish the most people, it’s flyweights and the heavyweights. They’re the ones who have, by stats, the highest ‘Fight of the Night’ and [‘Performance of the Night’], which shows that we are exciting fighters. We just need to prove to everyone that we’re worth it to watch.”