Number one flyweight contender John Dodson gave champion Demetrious Johnson the toughest test of his reign when they first met in 2013. Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, it wasn’t even close, as Johnson won a five-round unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 191 to retain his 125-pound crown for the seventh time.
“I’m a hard worker, and I knew that John Dodson was going to work hard, but I love working for what I have,” Johnson said.
Scores were 50-45 and 49-46 twice for Washington’s Johnson, now 23-2-1; Albuquerque, N.M.’s Dodson falls to 18-7.
Dodson ran out of his corner as the bout opened, and while he didn’t throw or land anything of significance, he did let Johnson know that he would be in his face for as long as the bout lasted. Johnson quickly turned into the aggressor though, and he tried to land his lead right repeatedly. And though he didn’t land it flush, he was making Dodson think and defend. That went for takedowns too, as Dodson shook off three attempts by the champion before the horn sounded.
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