UFC 191: “Mighty Mouse” Johnson says get outta the way

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Demetrious Johnson defeats John Dodson again, Frank Mir loses to Andrei Arlovski

Certainly not the most exciting fight card for a PPV event at Las Vegas but it featured the inevitable rematch between two of the quickest fighters in the UFC. The flyweight champ, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (23-2-1), defeated John Dodson (17-7) via decision back in 2013 at UFC on Fox 6 but it wasn’t the most convincing victory as Dodson knocked him down a couple of times. Arguably, Dodson has more striking power and speed, but Johnson completely shuts him down with his pace, constant pressure and technical skills. It’s humbling to watch.

Johnson kept pushing forward and his footwork was, as always, so good that it’d always keep opponents wondering the heck he’s going to do. Two of his greatest weapons in this fight were his right fist and clinching. His right punch just kept snapping Dodson’s head back out of no where. It’s so quick and sudden with the great footwork, Dodson just couldn’t see it coming. And whenever Johnson had him on the fences, he’d annoy Dodson with some right hooks before suddenly exploding with an elbow across the face. Johnson got hit in the nuts in the third round but there’s no way he’d anything slowing down the bout, and so he told the referee who wanted to allow him time to recover from the low bow, “No, no, get out of my way!” and went on killing it. Johnson won won by decision again, but it was a clear domination this time. He still looked fresh and totally unscratched while Dodson’s face was quite damaged.

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Johnson gave credit to his brilliant trainer Matt “The Wizard” Hume once again, who instructed him with specific technical advices throughout all his fights. It’s moving to see how close, how great and how much respect these two have for each other while they go on dominating the game. It’s the type of relationship that fighters should envy. Johnson has now defended his title seven times and is tied with Jose Aldo for the most title defence streak record for currently active fighters.

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In the co-main event, we had two former heavyweight champions, 36-year-olds Frank Mir (18-10) and Andrei Arlovski (25-10). Not the most entertaining fight you’d see as these two old-timers have passed their prime. Although being predictable, Arlovski managed to get his 6th straight win by decision mostly for controlling Mir on the fences and on the ground. Both fighters only landed a few significant strikes. Mir was standing around flat-footed with his hands down waiting to counter with something but didn’t really get much to happen for himself, and instead, he’s got a bloody cut.

UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson – Results

Main Card

Flyweight Title: Demetrious Johnson (c) def. John Dodson | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Frank Mir | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Light Heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa def. Anthony Johnson KO (head kick) 1 0:19
Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson def. Jan Błachowicz | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Women’s Strawweight: Paige VanZant def. Alex Chambers | Submission (armbar) | R3 1:01

Preliminary Card
Lightweight: Ross Pearson def. Paul Felder | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Bantamweight: John Lineker def. Francisco Rivera | Submission (guillotine choke) | R1 2:08
Women’s Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington def. Jéssica Andrade | Submission (RNC) | R2 4:58
Featherweight: Tiago Trator def. Clay Collard | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Joe Riggs def. Ron Stallings | DQ (illegal upkick) | R2 2:28
Lightweight: Joaquim Silva def. Nazareno Malegarie | Decision (split) | 3 rounds

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