The UFC 166 pay-per-view kicked off and saw Greg Jackson-disciple John Dodson take on UFC debutant Darrell Montague in the flyweight division. Many thought the bout had the potential to claim the Fight of the Night bonus check.
This fight did not have to leave the first round to name a definitive winner. Dodson threw heavy leather, caught Montague's chin and put him away via knockout.
Here is what we learned from this flyweight bout.
What We'll Remember About This Fight
John Dodson's power. For a little 125er, he throws power punches like a welterweight. Every punch he threw had bad intentions, and it showed from the multiple times he hurt Montague.
It was an impressive performance.
What We Learned About Dodson
He is ready for another title shot. He beat a Top 10 flyweight convincingly in the first round.
His striking is as good as it gets at flyweight, and his takedown defense is top notch. He could be a top-three flyweight in the world.
What We Learned About Montague
To be honest, we didn't learn a whole lot other than he is tough as nails. He didn't get a chance to show off any offense, but he showed a tremendous jaw.
He can take a punch as well as anyone. Hopefully he'll get a good rebound fight, because Montague is a legit 125er. He just didn't get to show it on Saturday night.
What's Next for Dodson
He should face the winner of Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez for the title. If that is not an option, a showdown with the winner of Ian McCall vs. Scott Jorgensen is equally fine.
What's Next for Montague
He needs time to rebuild in the UFC, so he has some options. I think a bout with the loser of John Lineker vs. Phil Harris would be a good rebound fight.