Saturday night was an historical night for the UFC. For the first time in the history of the organization, a fighter walked to the Octagon with the UFC flyweight title strapped around his waist. That man was Demetrious Johnson. Johnson claimed the freshly minted title back in September of last year when he took Joseph Benavidez five rounds on his way to a unanimous-decision victory.
In his first defense of that title, Johnson faced John Dodson, winner of the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
In the lead up to the fight, it was noted that Dodson was one of the few 125-pound fighters that has legitimate knockout power to go along with his speed. Johnson found that the talk of his opponent's power was more than hyperbole when he landed on his backside on the mat on more than once occasion in the early going of the fight.
Dodson was unable to finish the champ when he had him hurt, though, and as the fight wore on, the tables turned in Johnson's favor. Johnson used knees to the pretty much every part of the body to break Dodson down (even being admonished for illegal knees at one point by the referee) on his way to the unanimous-decision victory.
The fight was an entertaining, fast-paced back-and-forth affair, earning both combatants some extra cash when they were awarded "Fight of the Night" honors for their efforts.