UFC Fight Night 108's John Dodson reveals plan for third Demetrious Johnson fight

NASHVILLE Although they no longer share the same weight class, John Dodson believes his business with UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is far from settled.
Dodson (18-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who has suffered two losses to Johnson in the past, moved up to bantamweight in April 2016 with hopes of a fresh start. He’s split results over his first two fights but hopes to get another win on his record Saturday when he takes on former title challenger Eddie Wineland (23-11-1 MMA, 5-5 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 108.
“The Magician” intends to make a championship run at 135 pounds, and at that point he believes the chances of a third showdown with Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) would become realistic. Talk of “Mighty Mouse” moving up in weight has routinely come up in recent years, and if Dodson wants another chance to beat Johnson, he said there’s no better way than putting himself in the titleholder position.
“The fastest way for me to fight Demetrious Johnson isn’t going to be back at 125,” Dodson told MMAjunkie. “Look at Joseph Benavidez; he’s been dominating at the 125 division, but he’s been sitting there under the umbrella of Demetrious Johnson. He’s sitting there in his shadow and can’t cast his own because of the fact everyone wants to look at him, as he’s the No. 1 dude they want to highlight all the time. He’s not going to get that recognition. I don’t think anyone is going to want to see Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez 3.
“I want that chance to get to do it again, but no one wants to watch that. What could happen again is seeing the 125 champion fight the 135 champion, and it will be DJ vs. JD. He’s been setting records. He can set as many as possible, but will it be a different goal for him to beat the guy that has that 135 title? Can he possibly get that one too?”
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Dodson vs. Wineland airs on the FS1-televised main card following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.Dodson suffered a pair of unanimous decision losses to Johnson at flyweight. The first came at UFC on FOX 6 in January 2013, then the rematch unfolded at UFC 191 in September 2015. Falling short twice to a dominant titleholder is problematic for a fighter like Dodson, but he made the intelligent move of changing divisionsin hopes of a fresh start.Moreover, Dodson already owns a victory over former champ T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who is set to challenge current 135-pound titleholder Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in July’s UFC 213 co-headliner. Dodson defeated Dillashaw by TKO in less than two minutes in December 2011, and despite being several years removed from the contest, Dodson said he still knows where he stands among the top fighters and makes him believe he could contest for the belt at any point.
“Both of them are good fights (for me),” Dodson said. “Cody’s an awesome dude. I think he has real potential. But I think my speed will be too much for his power. T.J. is there, and everybody already knows I would love to get my hands on him. He’s a very accomplished fighter, and he’s done so much since we fought the first time. It would be good to see what he could do for the second time around. I think he’ll last maybe a minute longer, but the outcome is the same.”Dodson is aware he must first get past Wineland if he wants to get back in the title mix. The Team Jackson-Wink MMA product is coming off a narrow split-decision loss to John Lineker at UFC Fight Night 96 in October but believes he should have won that fight. Dodson called for fights with the division’s biggest names, but he said no one was willing to compete against him except for the former WEC champ Wineland.
Dodson claims several notable bantamweights turned down fights with him at UFC Fight Night 108. However, if he’s able to take care of business against Wineland, he said those names will have no other choice but to share the octagon with him sooner than later“Everybody that I wanted to propel myself before this fight has already said no,” Dodson said. “Raphael Assuncao, Aljamain Sterling and, of course, Jimmie Riverasat there and said, ‘Oh, Dodson is not going to fight me. I’m not going to take him last minute. I’d rather take Marlon Vera.’ Then the fight got pulled because he didn’t want to try to seem like a bully? You can’t try to bully me. I would have been OK with him trying to do that because I would have put him to sleep.”For more on UFC Fight Night 108, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.








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