UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has been pushed to the limit in each of his last six fights, as all of his UFC bouts have gone to the scorecards. With his first title defense coming Saturday night against John Dodson at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson, “Mighty Mouse” would like nothing more than an early finish.
“I want to go in there with a flash kick and knock him out and walk out of there with no broken bones,” said Johnson, during a recent appearance on Fuel TV. “That’s the way I’d like to have it. But, we don’t live in a world of fantasies and I’ll go in there and work hard, and come out with a victory.”
Johnson (16-2-1) won the belt by completing the first-ever UFC flyweight tournament on top. He defeated Joseph Benavidez last September, improving his Octagon mark to 4-1-1.
Dodson, meanwhile, earned himself a title shot by besting Jussier Formiga. He is a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, and Johnson knows he will be pushed once again.
“He is a great opponent. He is very athletic,” Johnson said. “I am ready to go out there and face John Dodson. That ball of fire he brings, I am ready to take care of that.”