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Event: UFC on Fox 6
Official Result: Johnson defeated Dodson by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47).
With the opportunity to headline a Fox-televised event, Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson moved the flyweight division a step forward by putting on a highly entertaining title fight at UFC on Fox 6.
Dodson brought rare finishing ability for the 125-pound class into that bout and gave Johnson a scare with knockdowns in both the first and second rounds. Despite his early troubles, Johnson was able to keep his senses about him and rally back in the later rounds.
Because Johnson had more recent experience in five-round fights than Dodson, the champion was more capable of continuing at the incredible pace that the fighters set early on.
Although Dodson made it difficult for Johnson to keep the fight on the ground, "Mighty Mouse" did have success controlling "The Magician" against the fence and keeping the center of the Octagon throughout the final three rounds.
In the end, the flyweights combined for 184 significant strikes landed and six takedowns. Despite all the back-and-forth action, the contest was decided by only a slim margin on the scorecards.
Given that three of Johnson's past four fights have now been decided by narrow decisions, it is starting to look like the flyweight division will have many more competitive title fights in its future.