It apparently does not matter what Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson does inside the Octagon, because casual fans simply are not interested in watching the 125 pound superstar throw down and dominate his opponents.
"Mighty Mouse" has knocked out opponents in just about two minutes, finished two fighters in the fifth round of fights he was absolutely dominating, and has essentially beaten every top flyweight on the planet, and fight fans still won't pay to watch him.
Former No. 1 contender John Dodson is hoping to bring some panache to the division if he gets the opportunity to rematch Johnson down the line, but "The Magician" must first get through Zach Makovsky at UFC 187 in his return fight from ACL surgery.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Dodson discussed his upcoming return bout, and how he is the "last hope" for the flyweight division.
"We always thought it was going to be Ian McCall, but Ian McCall hasn't been able to perform the way that he wants to. So I guess I can step up and say that I am the savior of the flyweight division. If everybody wants to have a last hope for [the division], it'd be me...
"I notice when you guys bring me up to Demetrious Johnson or to T.J. Dillashaw, both of them get super butthurt about the fact that you guys ask them about fighting me. Demetrious had his toughest fight against me and he knows that he'll have one again, another tough fight with me. I potentially could steal that title from him. And T.J. Dillashaw goes around telling everyone that when I fought him, it was a fluke, and that it never would happen again. I just keep on looking ahead, man. I'm going to be champion...
"I wouldn't want to sit there saying, ‘what if I wasn't champion?' I just know that I'm going to be the champion, and that's a fact I'm going to stay with. I'm going to go out there and bang it out with them dudes, and when I walk away with the championship, I'm going to let them know that we both knew this was going to happen."
Dodson seems confident one way or another he will be the champion in either the 125 or 135 pound division, but if he is going to be flyweight's savior, he is going to need to defeat arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
Easier said then done.
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