UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson put on a 25-minute clinic in execution Saturday night at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson. In the end, “Mighty Mouse” earned his first title defense – though it didn’t come without a little controversy.
During the fourth round, Johnson delivered an illegal knee to Dodson, forcing a stoppage in the action. Dodson had placed a hand on the mat, and Johnson threw a knee that landed to his head. Referee John McCarthy brought in the Octagon-side doctor, but he ruled that Dodson was clear to continue.
No point was taken away, and Johnson went on to capture the final two rounds and the decision victory. Two scorecards gave Johnson a one-point advantage, which could have led to a draw had the point been deducted. UFC president Dana White sounded off on the strike during the post-fight show on Fuel TV.
“I do think the point should have been taken away,” White stated. “It was an illegal knee and it caused damage. There should have been a point taken away. But I hate that rule. The reason it’s there, it’s for soccer kicks when guys are down on the ground. But I don’t like it when guys put their hand down to protect them from it. It was an awesome fight, a close fight and a controversial fight.”
White said he wanted to watch the contest again before making a final decision on how he felt the scoring should have went, but added, “I’m pretty sure I gave Dodson the first three rounds.”