Not everything Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White says is true ... just ask one-half of the UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) main event -- and current Flyweight No. 1 contender -- John "Dad-son."
Dodson (17-6), a father of a newborn baby girl and challenger to the thrown of 125-pound king Demetrious Johnson 22-2-(1) at UFC 191 tomorrow night (Sat., Sept. 5, 2015), hasn't forgot some favoritism thrown his way following his first crack (watch in in full here) at "Mighty Mouse" back in Jan. 2013.
"Dana White came up to me and said, ‘John, you are the new champion. How does it feel?'" Dodson told The Las Vegas Sun. "I was like, ‘Yes, the boss just told me I was the new champion. I don't see how they cannot give this fight to me.' Hearing those words was like already having the belt around my waist."
Unfortunately the events that took place that night inside United Center in Chicago, Ill., don't have the Jackson-Wink-trained mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter leaving the cage as champion. Dodson fell -- albeit admirably -- via unanimous decision to the current pound-for-pound stalwart Johnson.
To make matters worse, it has been a long and arduous road back to the title for the 30-year-old. Dodson suffered a torn ACL -- re-aggravated in a win over John Moraga at UFC Fight Night 42 in June 2014 -- and had surgery to repair it in July of last year.
For a while, Dodson sniped and took shots at Johnson, while on the sidelines; even going as far as saying he'll "murder" him and then move up to bantamweight and take out 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw.
After a less-than-stellar showing nearly 12 months after his surgery in a win over Zach Makovsky at UFC 187 back in May, Dodson was awarded his second 125-pound title shot, setting up his headliner with Johnson inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And if you thought he had choice words for the the latter, just listen to his thoughts on "Killashaw," who he defeated via first-round technical knockout to capture The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Bantamweight crown in Dec. 2011.
"T.J. can't stand there and say (expletive) because when I dropped him, (referee) Herb Dean had to cuddle him like a little kid after he got beat up at the school playground," said Dodson. "He had wobbly legs. He had baby deer syndrome. He couldn't stand up to walk."
Dang, those are fighting words.
Dodson and Johnson will inevitably tangle for a second time in less than 24 hours. And after they disperse, regardless of who wins, a champion versus champion match up could be ideal for the victor as it would produce big money.
This fighter might have something to say about that ... do I have any takers?
For the full UFC 191: "Johnson vs. Dodson 2" fight card click here.