David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Result: Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson by unanimous decision (retains UFC flyweight title)
Time and time again, Demetrious Johnson darted in and out like a sandpiper upon the beach. And truly in its relentlessness—nay, it's very timelessness—did the bird avail to grow some manner of kinship with the tides themselves.
But it was more than just the jabbing and skittering. Dodson rocked Johnson very hard in the second round with that seriously mean left hook. Johnson didn't help his case by insisting on repeatedly throwing a body kick that Dodson insisted even harder on catching.
But Johnson stayed patient and waited for his shot. And in a way, it was sort of the waiting itself. Like an elite basketball team that knows its opponent doesn't go 10 deep. You swim for the deep water, then you dive.
Johnson also showcased a quality many flyweights don't often get to showcase: a rock-solid chin. Dodson had Johnson rocked at various times, especially with some hard left hooks in the second round. But Johnson kept popping up, like a rubber ducky in the bathtub, or, eh some such.
Even though everyone knows his playbook, Johnson still executes it to a tee. Is that the definition of greatness? Hey, all I know is I love me some Mighty Mouse. Can't wait for his next fight.