Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC 191 blew the roof off MGM Grand Garden Arena last Sat. night (Sept. 5, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Jimi Manuwa, who was knocked out by Anthony Johnson in round number two (see it again here). Add Frank Mir, whose unprecedented run to the title was halted by Andrei Arlovksi (highlights).
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?
"The Magician" looked to cap off a hectic week after witnessing the birth of his daughter by trying to dethrone longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight kingpin, Demetrious Johnson, in the main event of the pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza.
In the process, Dodson was also looking to get some revenge on "Mighty Mouse" after coming up short in their initial encounter a few years back. After all, Dodson and UFC President Dana White strongly believed he won their first meeting at UFC on FOX 6.
Unfortunately for "The Magician," Johnson was on his game in "Sin City," as he pitched a shutout and proved once and for all that he is one of the most dominant champions in the sport today. And if you don't believe it, he's got seven straight title defenses under his belt to prove his worth.
In a shortened version of the fight: Johnson used his speed and quickness to implement his solid, proven gameplan on Dodson, who is right up there with him in the quickness department. The difference is, "Mighty Mouse" was able to keep up the volume of his offensive attack throughout the entire fight.
Dodson's output, on the other hand, wasn't as aggressive in the championship rounds.
Despite a valiant effort, Dodson now finds himself in an interesting situation. Twice he's been to the big dance, and twice he's come up short against Johnson.
That's not to say a third championship fight between both men isn't an option, it's just not in the foreseeable future... as in way, way down the road.
Of course, John has to do his part to get back to the title by stringing together another three or four-fight win streak. If and when he accomplishes that, another title fight could be in his plans.
And who knows, by that time "Mighty Mouse" may have very well cleaned out the 125-pound division (which is close to being done) and already moved on to a bigger weight class.
First things first, Dodson has to get back on the horse and return to his winning ways. Having said that, a fight against the winner of the upcoming fight between Joseph Benavidez and Ali Bagautinov -- which goes down on Oct. 3, 2015 -- sounds like a good fit.