Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
If you think the flyweights aren't deserving of a chance to headline UFC on FOX 6 on network television, No. 1 contender John Dodson plans on silencing you by putting on an unforgettable show against Demetrious Johnson on Jan. 26, 2013.
On Jan. 26, 2013, in the main event of UFC on FOX 6 from the United Center in Chicago, Ill., "The Magician" will be the first man to challenge Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title that "Mighty Mouse" won last September at UFC 152.
With the 125-pound division still fairly unknown to casual fans, many questioned the organization's decision to put Johnson vs. Dodson in the main event on network television.
Questions have been asked about what kind of ratings the little men will draw. While that remains to be seen, Dodson believes the UFC made the right choice by giving the division the exposure it deserves and plans on repaying the UFC brass by putting on a memorable fight.
"Me and ‘Mighty Mouse' are going to put on a tremendous show and one of the things that are going to be the building blocks for the division," Dodson said in a pre-fight interview with the UFC. "They're putting us there to make sure that we can do the one thing that me and him are going to do - put on the best show that the world has ever seen."
The combination of speed, athleticism and skill possesses by both Dodson and Johnson has all the making for an incredible match up. But when Jan. 26 rolls around Dodson wants more than just a great scrap, he wants the championship belt that currently sits around Johnson's waist.
How is the 28-year-old going to accomplish that feat and become just the third man to ever defeat Johnson? He says it's going to come down to his power punching and ability to come out on top of scrambles.
"He might be a little bit faster than me," Dodson said. "But I can counter that with the power that I possess. With my power I can make sure I can hit you with as many times as you want if you want to get put down before you wanna get put down or I can just hit you one time and put you to sleep.
"The reason that this fight's going to be so fast-paced and high-action is the scrambles. The scrambles between me and him is going is going to see - is to be the determining factor of the fight. If I can control it or if he can control it and come out on top, that'll be the winner."
It was less than two years ago that Dodson was battling it out for a six-figure UFC contract on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show with a number of other hungry mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters. Dodson emerged victorious from the tournament-based show and just three fights later finds himself in a championship fight.
Not only has Dodson already joined Nate Diaz, Joe Stevenson, Diego Sanchez, Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans in the record books as TUF winners to earn a UFC title shot, but the Greg Jackson-trained fighter actually accomplished the feat in fewer UFC fights than any other.
What's it mean for Dodson to get the title shot so quickly? He describes it as a blessing and recognition of years of hard work.
"For me getting this title shot on such a short UFC career is kind of a blessing," Dodson said. "Like, it says that the UFC believes in me, they understand all the hard work I've put into all this."
UFC on FOX 6: "Johnson vs. Dodson" goes down form the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 26, 2013. Along with the flyweight championship headliner, Quinton Jackson meets Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight contest while Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone are set to clash in a lightweight grudge match.