You never know if, and when, you will get the call to compete for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title.
Unlike Miesha Tate and Johny Hendricks, John Dodson (17-6) got the official call. And "The Magician" is more than ready to answer.
That's because he has another chance to knock Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson's head off when the dynamic duo face-off at UFC 191, which takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena (full fight card here) on Sept. 5, 2015.
I mean, he wants to so bad he'll "murder" him and then go fight 135-pound king, T.J. Dillashaw, again.
Dodson previously fell to "Mighty Mouse" at UFC on FOX 6 in Jan. 2013 in what was a back-and-forth affair for a good portion of their 25-minute war. Dodson had success with his counter punching, reeling off a couple of solid left hooks, which dropped the champion in round two.
Looking back on that night inside United Center, in Chicago, Ill., the 30-year-old is well aware that things could have been different.
"I had the missed opportunity of knocking his head off. I messed up on the two shots I missed on when I dropped him; I should've capitalized on it," Dodson highlighted on the UFC 191 media conference call (replay available here). "He has that conditioning level where he wants to stand up and get back to his feet every chance he gets. My opportunity is to capitalize on every mistake he makes."
Outside of his war with Dodson, Johnson has made very few mistakes in his current title run. The 29-year-old has trounced the likes of Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga, Chris Cariaso and, most recently, Kyoji Horiguchi.
Meanwhile, Dodson has taken every opportunity to poke fun at the persona and fight style of his championship counterpart, Johnson, while racking up a few notable wins of his own over fighters such as Darrell Montague, Moraga and Zach Makovsky.
Over the course of the last two-plus years, Dodson has taken displeasure in the fact that Johnson is a "scared, little pussy cat" who may not have wanted to fight him, but in rebuttal Johnson said on the call, "everyone thinks their entitled in this sport. Nobody is entitled to shit in this sport."
If Dodson has a plan of becoming the new 125-pound champion when the cage door closes on Sept. 5, it's going to be via knockout. The difference between his first and second meeting's with Johnson will be his intensity.
"Everyone saw me with the vicious intent, or my killer instinct, when I knocked out T.J. Dillashaw, Darrell Montague and everyone else that I put down," said Dodson. "I didn't have that same level of intensity or that level of killer instinct -- I showed him way too much respect in that fight. I'm going to make sure I see him as just as another fighter and not the champion."
For the full UFC 191: 'Johnson vs. Dodson 2' fight card, click here.