Former UFC title contender Kenny Florian offered up his insight to this Saturday’s UFC flyweight championship match between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.
Johnson will put his title on the line in Chicago against Dodson in the main event of UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson. This is the first title defense for “Mighty Mouse,” who won the belt in a tournament finale over Joseph Benavidez last year.
Dodson, meanwhile, earned himself a shot at Johnson by toppling Jussier Formiga last year. He is also a former winner on The Ultimate Fighter, having defeated T.J. Dillashaw in the finale.
In a division where you see non-stop action, these two fighters are probably the most dynamic. This is going to be an unbelievable fight because of it. What makes Demetrious Johnson so amazing is he has some of the best footwork in the game. It’s the most underrated aspect in all of mixed martial arts. He works beautiful angles and has the ability to go left and right. When you want to hit him, he’s gone. When he wants to engage, he will hit you with his tremendous hand speed and footwork speed. He’s a nightmare for anyone at 125 pounds. To make things worse, he has wrestling ability. He can take you down when he wants and it all comes from his footwork. But, John Dodson is a nightmare in that division as well. He’s got some tremendous punching power. He can knock out anyone in that division. They say 125 pounders don’t have power, but John Dodson puts that myth to sleep. If he catches you, he can put you out for the count. He’s also one of the best athletes in the UFC, and at 5 foot 3, he can dunk a basketball. He has yet to be taken down in the UFC Octagon, which is amazing. Demetrious Johnson is going to have to watch out for those very fast and powerful hands. I cannot wait for this fight to happen.
I’m going with Demetrious Johnson. Right now, he’s fighting with such a confidence. He has a lot of momentum heading into this fight. Also his speed, his footwork and his intelligence is going to win this fight. But if Dodson lands a punch, Demetrious could be out. But I don’t think he will. I’m sticking with Demetrious.
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