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UFC on Fox 6 Main Event Recap: Johnson Retains Title Over Dodson

Demetrious Johnson - UFC 152Tonight’s UFC on Fox 6 main event featured a flyweight battle between champion Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. In the end, Johnson’s relentless pressure proved too much for his opponent, as he picked up the unanimous decision victory. Be sure to check out our complete coverage of tonight’s Fox card.

The bout really came down to the champions relentless assault against Dodson. While “the Magician” had Johnson rocked multiple times in the first and second rounds, Johnson’s conditioning allowed him to bounce back to avoid 10-8’s in both rounds. “Mighty Mouse” charged back in the fourth and fifth rounds by asserting his control over the fight.

The flyweight champion improves to 3-0-1 at flyweight with the victory tonight in Chicago. Dodson will likely be back however, as the talented fighter will look to bounce back in his next fight.

Main Event Play-by-Play

UFC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Dodson

Rd 1- “Big” John is our referee tonight. Body kick by Dodson. Legkick by DJ. Big legkick by DJ. Combo by Dodson misses. Legkick by Dodson. Nice legkick by DJ but Dodson catches it and drills DJ. DJ recovers and misses a headkick and gets slammed but escapes. Wicked hook by DJ. Nice jab by DJ on the elusive Dodson. Nice exchange off a duck that DJ gets the better of. Nice combo by DJ. DJ pursues and eats a big shot coming but eats it. Combo by DJ into a takedown and after a nice struggle he gets him down with just over a minute. Dodson is pushing away and escapes. Dodson takes control in the clinch. Big combo by Dodson misses. Duck into the clinch by DJ and he lands some knees in the clinch. Very close round but MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Johnson.

Rd 2- Legkick by DJ. Good combo by DJ. Nice left by Dodson. Good combo by Dodson. DJ fakes low and controls the clinch into a double leg. DJ tries to pull him away from the cage but Dodson escapes. Legkick by Dodson. Big straight right by DJ. Big left by Dodson trips up DJ. Wicked left stuns DJ. Dodson pressuring and DJ somehow seems to recover. Dodson catches a kick and just misses a big punch. Nice shots by Dodson. Big left hook by Dodson. Front kick combo by Johnson. Push kick by DJ stops a Dodson combo. DJ’s pressure is relentless. Knee by DJ. Kicks by both fighters. Big left by DJ. Dodson is breathing heavy as he eats a body kick. Big knee by Dodson stops a DJ double leg. Big knees in the clinch by DJ as the round ends. Dodson takes the round 10-9 (19-19).

Rd 3 – Jumping switch kick attempt by Dodson. Legkick by DJ. Nice combo by DJ but a good stuff TD by Dodson. Body kick by DJ. Big knee stops a DJ double. Big knee to the hip by DJ grazes the cup but Big John halts it. Back underway now. Legkick by DJ. Body kick by Dodson. Big flying knee misses DJ’s head. Overhand right by DJ. Legkick by Dodson. Nice right-left by DJ. Straight right by DJ answered by a Dodson overhand right. Body kick by Dodson. Trip takedown by DJ. Nice elbow by Dodson from the bottom. Bodylock by DJ forces Dodson away from the cage. GNP by DJ. Dodson scrambles up but eats two big shots on the way out. DJ clinches and nice knees by both fighters. Big left by Dodson barely misses. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Johnson (29-28).

Rd 4 – Legkick by Dodson and another. Nice overhand by DJ. legkick by DJ. Counter by Dodson. Big bodylock takedown by DJ. DJ scrambles into the fronthead lock and lands an illegal knee as Dodson was raising his hand off the canvas. Big John halts it and the Docs check it and they let it go. No point deduction. Nice left by Dodson. Legkick by DJ is caught. Bodyshot by Dodson. Nice left by DJ. Single leg by DJ and we’re in a scramble. DJ stays on the single and lands some short punches and Dodson escapes. DJ is telegraphing his legkicks. Left hook by DJ. Single leg attempt by DJ. Short elbow by Dodson is answered by short strikes from DJ. Big knee by DJ in the clinch. Fronthead lock by DJ. DJ is throwing knees to the arm and leg and alternating shots to the head when dodson brings his hand up. Dodson is cut now and he’s taking by kneesin the front headlock. Massive elbow on the exit by DJ. Dodson is fighting a bit desperate as the round ends. Huge round for DJ there. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 (39-37).

Rd 5- Legkicks by both fighters. Body punch by DJ. Jabs by DJ. Nice left by DJ. Big knee from the clinch by DJ and he smoothly takes him down. DJ’s pressure is unreal. Dodson works up but he eats some shots. Knees in the clinch by both fighters. DJ jumped up high with his back to the cage to land some nice shots. DJ wants to finish this fight and Dodson is trying to load up. Takedown attempt by Dodson and he gets it but DJ works back to the side and delivers some big elbows. Body punch by DJ. Dodson tries a single but DJ defends it easily. Big knees from DJ. DJ has him rocked and pours it on with with knees and punches. Thai knees from DJ now and a big body punch by DJ. Huge exchange for the champion. Dodson clinches but DJ asserts control. More Thai knees by DJ and it’s a wrap as the round ends big for the champion. MMAFrenzy has it for DJ (49-46) but the early round scoring will be huge.

Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47) 

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