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Check out the video highlights from Demetrious Johnson's stirring 125-pound title defense in the UFC on FOX 6 main event at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., surviving an early scare at the hands of the hard-hitting John Dodson to retain his Flyweight title with a come-from-behind unanimous decision win.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson made his first successful 125-pound title defense tonight (Sat., Jan. 26, 2013) in the UFC on Fox 6 main event, which took place at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., holding off the power-punching John Dodson to earn a tight unanimous decision. It was a tale of two halves, with "The Magician" finding his mark (Johnson's chin) early, dropping "Mighty Mouse" twice, only for him to quickly recover and continue to wade in for more, seemingly willing to eat punches to close the distance and get the fight to the floor. Johnson was relentless with his pressure, a strategy that began to tip in his favor as the championship rounds (four and five) were about to begin. He kneed Dodson in the head illegally in the beginning of the third round, causing the referee to stop the action and have Dodson examined by the ringside physicians. He was allowed to continue, but whether it was because of the furious pace Johnson set or the illegal blow -- or an odd combination of both -- Dodson's grip on the fight began to slip away. He clearly lost the next round and was utterly dominated, battered and bruised in the final frame -- Johnson really unloaded in the last two minutes as Dodson just curled up and grinned. Johnson was fortunate he did not lose a point for the illegal knee because it was a very close fight. In fact, it was the UFC on FOX 6 "Fight of the Night." One that we will likely see again sometime soon in a rematch that is hopefully as exciting as the first. For a more detailed breakdown of the showdown between Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson click here and for complete UFC on FOX 6 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.