These “Quick Breaks” are short breakdowns of upcoming fights. In a summed up focus of strengths, weaknesses and variables; this will analyze what could happen in the fight, and end with this writer’s prediction.
The UFC will be putting on its sixth FOX event and will be bringing the first Flyweight title defense to headline the card. Demetrious Johnson will be taking on up and comer John Dodson in hopes of truly establishing himself as the rightful king of the hill. UFC on FOX returns to Chicago, Ill. on Jan 26, and will be live on FOX at 8:00 p.m. EST, with prelims prior on FX.
In the blue corner you have John Dodson. The TUF winner will look to take his fast career to the next level and attain UFC gold this Saturday. Dodson has shown some great power in his hands, and will be looking to definitively put away the champ. Dodson is riding a five-fight winning streak, and has great momentum going into this bout; paired with the confidence of never being finished in the cage so far in his career.
In the red corner you have Demetrious Johnson. “Mighty Mouse” has had an incredible career so far, and similar to Dodson, has only lost via decision inside the cage. Johnson has a speed and relentless pace that he sets that creates a very unique challenge for anyone who steps in front of him, and he will look to use that quickness to get the better of Dodson. Johnson is a very well-rounded fighter, and can dictate the fight wherever it goes.
The key aspects in this fight are the speed of Johnson, and the power of Dodson. Johnson has found incredible success with his agility and his stamina, and what has ultimately given him a lot of his decision wins. However, his ground game is where he has the advantage in this fight. Dodson has the striking advantage here; or at least in the power department. It will come down to if Dodson can catch Johnson flush, or if he gets frustrated and attempts to take the fight to the ground. Johnson may have a submission answer for him, but Ian McCall showed a hole in that part of Johnson’s game, and it may be something Dodson may try to exploit.
Prediction: Demetrious Johnson wins via Unanimous Decision.