Before Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson share the Octagon at UFC on FOX 6 just hours from now at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, the two flyweight championship competitors were forced to endure one final formality:
For mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, the weigh-ins are the last time they will see stand face-to-face (see the staredown pic here) with their opponent before sharing the Octagon. Some fighters are casual when stepping on the scale, others use the moment as one final opportunity to try and intimidate their opponent.
Just moments after successfully making weight, Johnson and Dodson appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their flyweight title collision just a few hours from UFC on FOX 6.
First, the champion talked to Jon Anik, Chael Sonnen and Dominick Cruz about the confidence he gained winning the title last September, Dodson's much talked about athletic ability, who will be the quicker fighter in the cage and what advantages he has fighting at flyweight after spending most of his career at bantamweight.
On the confidence gained from beating Joseph Benavidez:
"Yeah, absolutely (I gained confidence), you know, I just took my training camp and put it to use and I'm looking forward to taking that confidence from 2012 and taking it into 2013."
On John Dodson's athleticism:
"He's very athletic, he has great speed and has power but at the same time, you know, you can't hit what you can't see. I believe my footwork and feints are going to be the difference in this fight, so I'm going to go out there and test everything he's got, the cardio, and use my pressure and see what he brings."
On who is the fast fighter between Dodson and himself:
"I believe Dodson's very explosive, you know, somebody can be very calm and then they jump and they pounce on you. That's what Dodson does. Me, I'm moving non-stop so, it's like when you play duck and the ducks always moving that's me, you gotta land your shot."
On the advantages of fighting at flyweight:
Fighting tough opponents at 135, you know, I fought Brad Pickett, I fought Miguel Torres, I fought you (Dominick Cruz), went five rounds with you and that's huge confidence going into, you know, the 125-pound division because a lot of the guys haven't fought, you know, tough opponents at 135 and gone the distance with them and, you know, John Dodson, he's never fought, you know, guys like I've fought and gone into deep waters with them as well.
On the pressure of being champion:
"A fight's a fight whether it's for the championship belt or not, you know? Like I tell everybody regardless of what happens in this fight whether I lose or I win this fight I'm going home and going to get better and get ready for the next fight."
The challenger also spoke on the FUEL TV weigh-in broadcast, telling Ariel Helwani about his newest sponsor, the cold Chicago weather, fighting for the UFC flyweight title and his 24-hours of preparation in "The Windy City."
On the Pop Rocks in his mouth at the weigh in:
"Well, they're one of my new sponsors so I want to make sure I can go ahead and get a taste of that pop before I have to go pop Demetrious Johnson."
On getting acclimated to the cold Chicago weather:
"I feel good, man. Like I always - I'm mad about the cold weather but I know I'll be warm by the time fight time comes around."
On if he ever envisioned fighting for the UFC flyweight title:
"No, I thought I was going to be doing it at 155, 170 maybe, but being at my natural weight class at 125 is amazing, so I get to do it. "
On what he will do in the last 24-hours before the fight:
"Sleeping and eating. I've already done all my homework at home, prepared all at home all I got to do is sleep, focus on what I've got to do tomorrow and make sure I go out there and put on a show that everybody wants to see."
Only a few more hours until showtime, Maniacs!
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