Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Las Vegas, Nevada for yet another Labor Day weekend mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night (Sat., September 5, 2015), with UFC 191: "Johnson vs. Dodson 2," featuring the hotly anticipated Flyweight title rematch.
In the main event of the evening, Demetrious Johnson utterly dominated John Dodson, earning a unanimous decision victory en route to his seventh straight title defense (highlights here). "Mighty Mouse's" exceptional performance once again gives credence to those that call him the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
The co-main event featured a lackluster Heavyweight affair pitting two former champions against each other, as Andrei Arlovski squeaked out a unanimous decision victory over Frank Mir.
Check out the highlights here.
With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from "Sin City."
Biggest Winner: Demetrious Johnson
The world's top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA proved once again that he is far and away the best Flyweight on the planet with a flawless performance against consensus No. 1 contender John Dodson.
After Demetrious Johnson handily defeated Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso, and Kyoji Horiguchi in three straight title defenses, fight fans were clamoring to see "Mighty Mouse" in a compelling and competitive fight, and UFC brass answered with the John Dodson rematch.
In their first battle, Johnson was knocked down three times, hurt on several occasions, but ultimately retained the belt in a wildly entertaining battle on FOX. The close fight had many wondering if "The Magician" would be able to finish the job at UFC 191.
Instead, the UFC champion was barely touched by Dodson, as Johnson dictated the pace for the entire 25 minute battle in a beautiful display of MMA. "Mighty Mouse" was dominant in every facet, doing as he pleased while forcing arguably the most offensive fighter in the 125-pound division into a defensive shell.
The Flyweight kingpin is simply a technical wizard, and the most well-rounded fighter in the game today; He simply has no flaws.
Too bad casual fans won't pay to watch him headline PPV's.
Having defeated nearly every top 10 Flyweight -- including a handful of contenders twice -- Johnson is quickly cleaning out the division. While a competitive opponent seems a distant dream at this point, it certainly seems as if Johnson is destined to break UFC records as a champion.
Runners-up: John Lineker
Welcome to the Bantamweight division Mr. "Hands of Stone!"
Not only did Lineker's battle against Francisco Rivera deliver on every level imaginable, their all-out brawl on FOX Sports 1 could very well be the 2015 fight of the year.
Just how crazy was the 135-pound war? 98 punches were exchanged in 2:08!
Lineker's power certainly transferred to the Bantamweight division, but Rivera's chin held steady even when badly rocked.
Ultimately, it was Lineker's jiu-jitsu credentials that earned him the victory, as he choked out Rivera with a beautiful guillotine.
Lineker's debut at 135-pounds was nothing short of impeccable, and I would expect to see him against a top 10 opponent his next time out.
Another night at the office for "Rumble," another victim lay unconscious in the center of the Octagon.
Anthony Johnson is one of the hardest punchers in MMA history, and his vicious knockout over Jimi Manuwa on the UFC 191 PPV was yet another reminder to the 205-pound division that he is one of the most terrifying fighters in the sport.
Already established as the No. 1 contender, Johnson could very well fight for the title next, once Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson do battle at UFC 192.
The only thing holding Johnson back from being a bonafide star is his inability to steer clear of negative press.
While his highlight-reel knockouts distract the masses, "Rumble" needs to get his personal life in order before he breaks into superstar status.
Biggest Loser: John Dodson
"The Magician" had a rough night at UFC 191.
Dodson had immense confidence in himself heading into his title fight rematch against Demetrious Johnson, but after being thoroughly dominated for five rounds, you have to wonder where the exciting Flyweight goes from here.
The drastic difference between both fights -- specifically how poor Dodson performed at UFC 191 -- just goes to show how incredible "Mighty Mouse" truly is, and how the champ is continuing to get better each and every fight.
Considering Dodson is unquestionably among the top five Flyweights, it will be interesting to see if the Jackson's MMA product opts to stick around in the 125-pound division's purgatory alongside fellow two-time title challenger Joseph Benavidez, or chooses to move back up to the Bantamweight division and take a shot at TJ Dillashaw's belt.
If you recall, Dodson won TUF Season 14 by knocking out Dillashaw in devastating fashion, so you know the 135-pound kingpin wants his revenge.
Even with a tough loss to swallow, Dodson is still one of the most dangerous fighters on the roster today, and it likely won't be long before he is right back in the mix at 125 or 135 pounds.
Runners-up: Jimi Manuwa
Jimi Manuwa learned an important lesson in "Sin City" last night: Be careful what you wish for.
Anthony Johnson was set to battle Jan Blachowicz at UFC 191, but "Posterboy" begged UFC brass to give him the fight against the No. 2 contender, and he paid the ultimate price.
The Englishman was dominated in the first round, before getting brutally knocked out in the second.
The fight once again proved that Manuwa simply doesn't have what it takes to be a top 5 Light Heavyweight contender, as he has now been knocked out by "Rumble" and Alexander Gustafsson in two of his last three bouts.
Manuwa's days as an undefeated prospect are long gone, and the 35-year old needs to go back to the drawing board if he expects to compete against the best of the best inside the Octagon.
After winning five straight fights to earn a UFC roster spot, and subsequently knocking out Ilir Latifi in his Octagon debut, Jan Blachowicz has now lost two straight uneventful unanimous decisions.
The Polish native fought outside of Europe for the first time in his career, and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner Corey Anderson gave him a rude awakening he won't soon forget.
After a decent first round for Blachowicz, Anderson picked up the tempo in the second and third, using his tenacious wrestling acumen and vicious ground and pound to dominate the final 10 minutes.
Even with Blachowicz currently ranked at No. 12 in the Light Heavyweight division, he needs to pick up a victory his next time out or risk being cut altogether.
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