Johnson vs. Dodson: Exciting Main Event Gives Credibility to Flyweight Division

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 26, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (black shorts) fights John Dodson (white shorts) during UFC on FOX 6 for the world flyweight championship at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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The UFC's flyweight division is a relatively new idea that hasn't gained much traction amongst fans yet, but after an exciting main event between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6, that will change.

Johnson successfully defended his title against Dodson, but not before the challenger gave the champ a run for his money.

Early on in this fight, Dodson took control and landed some vicious strikes that had Johnson looking like he was in trouble a few times. Johnson was well on his way to losing this fight after the first two frames, but the champion quickly recovered and stormed back.

The last three rounds belonged to Johnson, who began to land more frequent and vicious strikes on his opponent. Despite this surge, the fifth and final round was the determining factor in who would win the fight.

Johnson would go on to take the victory, but this fight was so evenly matched and it went down to the wire—exactly what the flyweight division needed.

Johnson and Dodson displayed exactly what is so great about the fighters who come in at a lighter weight. Both fighters showed lightning fast strikes that seemed to keep coming at a relentless pace throughout the bout.

That type of nonstop action is exactly what makes the UFC so exciting.

But don't mistake the quickness and flurry of strikes being thrown for weakness, as both of these fighters proved they can hit hard.

Watching Johnson and Dodson go at it really shed light on how well-rounded flyweight fighters can be. There are few weight classes—if any—that can combine speed, power and overall ability like this weight class can.

Anyone who further doubts that flyweight fighters can be exciting enough to be the face and main event of a UFC card needs to watch the replay of this fight.