UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 took place Sept. 5, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1) looked to defend his title in a rematch against hard-hitting John Dodson (17-7) in the night's main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
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Round 1: Herb Dean is the ref for this flyweight title fight. Pretty good stare down; they opted not to touch gloves. Dodson to center, and the frenetic pace is already on. High kick from Johsnon, and now Dodson rushes forward with jabs. Johnson down on his knees, crouching...a little showmanship. They trade jabs, and Mighty Mouse with a right hand. A little feel out session, as they gauge. Johnson misses with a right, and Dodson circles. Right hand from Johnson and he tries for a takedown; that's thwarted. Pace is already crazy. High kick from Johnson, ends in manic exchange. Johnson trying to land the overhand right. Dodson is circling, but man, Johnson is pursuing. He's controlling the center of the cage, and a nice shot from the body from Dodson. Johnson keeps in the middle, not letting Dodson get a clean looks. Now Johnson grabs his leg and they hobble over to the fence. Dodson ends up posting Johnson on the fence, but they break. Nice pair of right hands from Johnson, both land pretty clean. Johnson mixing it up, and now he changes levels and shoots for single leg. Can't get it, and Dodson again wheels around. Dodson now in the center, and he lands a body kick. High-low combo from Johnson, who is still pressuring. A lot of angle-play from the champ. That was his round. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Johnson, 10-9.
Round 2: Hume told Johnson less "in and out," now. Wants him to stand in longer. Both guys come rushing out, and Johnson comes in wit ha heat check high kick. Dodson stings him with a right then rolls out. Quick, impossible exchanges, and now in the middle Dodson grabs Johnson and drives him to the ground. For a moment he lands some shots while Johnson is down, but Johnson bounces back up. Now it's Johnson grabbing Dodson's knee off a kick, and he drives him to the fence. Still has the leg, and can't take him down. Dodson doing admirable job of keeping the fight standing. Johnson in the middle, and they exchange. Neither landing flush. Dodson keeps surging forward with very little payoff. Johnson too elusive a target. Dodson tries to shoot in, though, and they go to fence. He can't complete the takedown, but Dodson roughing him up for a moment on the cage. They break. Body kick from Dodson. Now Lead right from Johnson lands, and he clinches. Trying to take Dodson down, who then reverses and lands a knee in the clinch. They are momentarily stalled, as Dodson controls the fence. Boos from the Vegas crowd. They break, and Johnson with another good lead right. Pressure is there. Keeps landing that right, and again the tie up on the fence. Dodson doing decent job of holding his own, and he throws Johnson down to the canvas. Doesn't follow him to the canvas. High kick from Johnson is blocked, and they end staring each other down the barrel. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Dodson 10-9 (19-19 overall)
Round 3: Neither guys has slowed in the slightest. Dodson quick to center, and it's Johnson moving in and out. Johnson with single-leg and they go to fence, with Johnson keeps the leg for a moment. Can't get Dodson down, and so they toil in the clinch, with Dodson landing a nice knee. Back to center. Johnson with the lead right, as Dodson smiles. Dodson comes flying in but again, Johnson too quick to hit. Another single-leg by Johnson, and again they drive to the fence as Dodson lands elbows en-route. Dodson just won't budge on takedowns, but Mighty Mouse still dogged in his attempts. Elbow from Dodson. Nice combination from Johnson, right, left to high kick. Dodson lands a groin kick, and Dean was looking to halt action, but Johnson said no thanks. Right back. They go to fence. Dodson trying to sneak knees in, but control is for Johnson. They trade knees in clinch, and Johnson trying to come alive. Dodson a little slower than he was. Johnson on the fence lands an elbow, and finally — finally — takes Dodson down. He immediately goes to work, and now fishes out the neck. Dodson fends, and able to get back up. Dodson doing a good job of answering. Johnson tries a flying knee/pelvis at the end. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Johnson, 10-9 (29-28 for Johnson)
Round 4: Dodson to center, and like an electron Johnson circles. No shortage of energy in the championship rounds from the champion, who lunges in and lands an uppercut. The right hand again lands for Johnson. Slowly picking apart the challenger, making it his fight. It gets more one-sided as it goes. As Dodson tries a kick, Johnson grabs his leg and rolls to fence; can't hold him. Dodson rolls out, but the pressure keeps on from the champ. Right hand again from Johnson, who is landing it with frequency. They clinch, and Johnson walks Dodson down. Dodson can't get much going on offense. Johnson just too instinctive, too quick, too mirage-like to hit. They scramble, and Johnson tags him gain. Pressure from Might Mouse, who slams a right hand into Dodson. Clinch on the fence, and they toil for a moment. Johnson the stronger in the clinch right now. They keep breaking, though, and a hard left from Johnson. Takedown for Johnson on the fence, and Dodson on his butt scoots back up. It's Johnson staying on the challenger. Johnson sizing Dodson up towards the end, and hits Dodson with a couple of well-measured out right hands. Speed goes to Johnson, who is now in control. MMA Fighting scores R4 for Johnson, 10-9 (39-37 for Johnson).
Round 5: Final round, and Johnson barely breathing hard. Dodson to center, might need to finish here. Attack from Johnson, who is still aggressive. Kick to the body from Dodson. Furious fast exchanges, too hard to capture, but Johnson winning those. Dodson rolling, but he's being pursued everywhere he goes. Clinch again, take down from Johnson who can't do much with it. Dodson back up. Right hand again from Johnson, who has had no problem landing that all night. And another. Dodson walked into that one. Precision and speed from Mighty Mouse, who rushes forward again trying to plant Dodson. Inside of two minutes, and Johnson still making Dodson react and dance to his tune. Hell of a pace, but always in control. Johnson picks Dodson up and slams him down, but again, Dodson right back up. Some swelling on Dodson's eye. A little blood. Looks like Mighty Mouse is on his way to another title defense. Inside of a minute. Dodson trying to set something big up, but he's just a step behind in every phase. They roll on the cage, and Johnson has his back to the links. Crowd lets out a chorus of boos. Dodson isn't going to land that big shot. This one's over, and Johnson should retain his title. MMA Fighting scores R5 for Johnson, 10-9 (49-46 for Johnson overall)
UFC 191 official results: Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)