"Mighty Mouse" came up with a mighty special victory (fight recap here) over No. 1-ranked contender John Dodson in what was an overall mixed martial arts (MMA) clinic at UFC 191 last night (Sat. Sept. 5, 2015).
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson defended his belt for the seventh time against one-time foe Dodson in the evening's main event ... and he didn't disappoint.
Though there was no finish, the 29-year-old picked apart "The Magician" for the majority of their 25-minute affair with precision movement and relentless wrestling.
Over the course of the first two rounds, things were kept relatively close as both fighter's gas tanks were filled, but it became quite clear again who improved most since their first go-around at UFC on FOX 6 in Jan. 2013. Johnson kept the Jackson-Wink-trained fighter at fight bay with a deceptive right hand and constant pressure.
The 30-year-old Dodson matched the pace set by Dodson, evening the score in round two with a more disciplined approach, while halting the champion's trademark movement. However, Johnson would pull away off of the strength of his unrelenting clinch and wrestling game, grounding the challenger several times over rounds three-five.
He also snuck in some elbows for good measure.
It's onto bigger and better things for Johnson, who is quickly cleaning out the 125-pound division. Up next for the division is a pivotal meeting between two elite contenders Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Latin America 2" Finale on Nov. 21, 2015.