John Dodson and Demetrious Johnson are going to do battle once again. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
It appears that John Dodson will get his desired rematch with Demetrious Johnson.
UFC President Dana White told UFC Tonight on Wednesday that Dodson is next in line for a flyweight title shot. A date and a venue for the bout were not revealed. Johnson took a unanimous decision victory over Dodson in a five-round title bout at UFC on Fox 6 in January 2013. It is still widely regarded as Johnson’s toughest test since becoming champion, as “The Magician” dropped him with a left hand in the first frame and staggered him in round two before fading down the stretch.
Since losing to Johnson, Dodson has posted three straight victories in the Octagon, besting Darrell Montague, John Moraga and Zach Makovsky in succession. The Jackson-Wink MMA product was sidelined for nearly a year due to a knee injury but made a successful return by outpointing Makovsky at UFC 187 on May 23.
Johnson, meanwhile, has cemented himself as one of the sport’s finest pound-for-pound fighters. Including his win over Dodson, “Mighty Mouse” has successfully defended the flyweight strap six times in the Octagon. Most recently, Johnson submitted Kyoji Horiguchi at the 4:59 mark of round five in the UFC 186 main event.