John Dodson wants another shot at Demetrious Johnson. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
UFC flyweight contender John Dodson wants nothing in life more than another crack at 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson, the 125-pound champion.
“The Magician” has improved tremendously in all aspects of his game since he first fought Johnson more than two years ago, when he lost a five-round unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 6
Dodson doesn’t know yet when he’ll be allowed to climb into the Octagon to fight for the title, but he is being patient. He took care of business this past Saturday at UFC 187, where he methodically outpointed close friend Zach Makovsky over three rounds. A spectacular finish over “Fun Size” likely would have catapulted him right into the rematch he so badly desires, but the lack of action against Makovsky might have actually hurt him, even though he got the win.
“This one didn’t do me any justice because I was being more methodical,” Dodson admitted recently on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “It was more like a sparring match, as you could probably tell when I picked him up off the floor.
“I wasn’t really trying to go out there and kill my friend,” he added. “I don’t think any person in their right mind would want to go out there and destroy their own friend. I mean, I have a heart. I am not only classified as a fighter; I am human and I have feelings.”
Dodson understands the game and though he knows his win over Makovsky, his third straight since losing to Johnson, might not have done him any favors in the eyes of those in the UFC who make the fights a reality, he is content on getting the “W” as he bides his time, knowing it will come.
The Jackson-Wink MMA product firmly believes that when -- not if --he is able to get his hands on ‘Mighty Mouse’ again, things will be vastly different. Though he was his typical jovial self during the interview, it was obvious that he laments letting a world championship through his fingers.
“I dropped him and when I did, it was magical,” the Albuquerque, N.M., fighter reflected. “The next time around I’m not going to be thinking; I’m going to have an animal mentality and I’m going to keep on pouncing on him.”
Dodson speaks of his possible rematch with Johnson as if it’s already happened. He is overflowing with confidence, and the way he speaks of the champion and what he’ll do to him, Dodson makes it sound easy.
“Oh, I’m just going to sit there and knock Demetrious Johnson out,” Dodson said. “I’m going to do the exact same thing I did for the first three rounds, and then do more in the fourth and fifth. I know this because 1. I know I can touch him; 2. And he told everybody that I couldn’t touch him; 3. He told everybody that I wouldn’t be able to drop him. I dropped him three times.”
Aside from natural confidence and one of the best all-around games in the entire sport, what makes Dodson believe that he will simply waltz into the cage and flatten the champ, something nobody has been able to do?
“He is the same exact fighter that I have seen over and over and over again,” he scoffed. “He throws combinations and makes sure he does not get touched. If he does get touched, he’ll get scared and he will shoot immediately. I can shoot anytime I want now. It doesn’t take somebody to hit me hard to want to take you down. I did that to Zach and he’s a way better wrestler than I am.”
Dodson joked that nobody in his weight class likes him because he’s “annoying, outspoken and charismatic” to go along with his skill set. He knows that the flyweight division isn’t among the glamour groups of the sport, but he believes he can turn the rank and file of 125-pound class into much more than what it is, especially, he said, after he snatches the title from “Mighty Mouse.”
Considering that there doesn’t seem to be a high demand for the mini bomber to get another shot at the title, he has a plan -- other than beating everybody in front of him -- to finally have Dana White and Co. sign off on what would be the third rematch of the champion’s pro career.
Simple,” he quipped. “I just gotta keep going out there and being a loud mouth and annoy him [Johnson] so much that he finally has no choice but to fight me.”