Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson
The first title defense in the Flyweight division takes place in the Windy City when Champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) takes on the always exciting Ultimate Fighter 14 winner John Dodson (14-5).
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has found his comfort zone at 125 pounds becoming the first ever champion in the division in September of last year when he took on Joseph Benavidez in a 5 round battle. After losing a Bantamweight title fight against champ Dominick Cruz, Johnson took the opportunity to take part in the first ever Flyweight tournament. After a minor glitch, when the first match between Johnson and Ian McCall was deemed a draw, Johnson made sure that the judges could come to a consensus, winning the rematch by unanimous decision. Beating McCall meant that Johnson was one win away from his dream coming true, becoming a UFC champion. Johnson vs. Benavidez was an exciting, fast-paced, high-flying fight (even though some of the people in attendance booed the performance – obviously they’re not very educated when it comes to MMA) and after 5 close rounds Johnson became the first ever Flyweight Champ via split decision. While “Mighty Mouse” may be the fastest fighter in the division, and possibly the UFC, he will have his hands full against probably the hardest hitter in the division in John Dodson.
John Dodson caught everyone’s attention as the smiley jokester on the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter as a bantamweight. But it was no joke when he stepped in the octagon in the finale against highly favored T.J Dillashaw and surprised everyone when he defeated Dillashaw in the first round by TKO. Undefeated in the UFC, 2 of 3 wins by TKO, Dodson will look to capitalize on his underdog status again when he takes on the more experienced Johnson. “The Magician” does not want this fight to go the distance and will try to use his more powerful strikes to put the champ away.
Odds – according to Bookmaker.eu
- Demetrious Johnson -220
- John Dodson +180
While it may be hard for Dodson to catch Johnson with a solid punch, he has 5 rounds to do it and I think he can. He’s going in with no pressure whatsoever as most people are counting him out in this fight. Johnson on the other hand is pressured with being the first ever champion in this division. Look for Dodson to be able to land his superior strikes and win this one via TKO.
Play: Dodson +180
Rampage Jackson vs Glover Teixeira
This may be the end of a legacy as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) takes on Glover Teixeira (19-2), in what may be his last fight in the UFC. After Jackson was forced out of the original scheduled time for this fight at UFC 153 due to injury, Teixeira was able to easily defeat Rampage’s replacement Fabio Maldonado, leading to this very anticipated fight finally happening.
Deemed as the best Light Heavyweight not in the UFC, fight fans had to wait a long time before finally seeing Glover Teixeira in the octagon. While he was destined to be in the UFC a couple of years ago, visa issues kept this extremely talented fighter out of the limelight of the UFC. But he is here now and is ready to continue with his already impressive UFC career. He is 2-0 so far and hasn’t had to fight in the second round yet. You can be sure he is excited to get a real test against a long time contender.
Any fan of MMA knows all about “Rampage” Jackson. The knockout artist is known for his signature scowl and howl, chain and heavy hands. And after an incredible career in Pride (12-5), Rampage, thanks to his massive following in Japan, needed only one win in the UFC to get a title shot and “Rampage” did nothing but capitalize, knocking out Chuck Liddell in the first round to become the UFC Light Heavyweight champ. “Rampage”, however, has had a hard time finding the success in the UFC that he had in Pride, struggling to put together a win streak of any kind. There have been contract disputes, leaves of absence, injuries, social media outlashes and other situations that have made it hard for Jackson to settle and find where he should be mentally, which has affected him in the ring. The future seems very bleak for Rampage if he loses this fight, which would make it three in a row, but
no matter what happens after this fight, “Rampage” will always hold a place in the hearts of all fight fans.
Odds – according to Bookmaker.eu
Glover Teixeira -305
Quinton Jackson +245
Rampage is going to do all he can, in what may be his last ever UFC fight, to go out on a victory. Teixeira is going to all he can in order to spoil Jackson’s goals. Look for Glover to take this one fairly decisively by TKO.
Play: Teixeira -305