It wasn’t shocking to see UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson hold on to his divisional title last night at UFC on FOX 6. Though opponent John Dodson entered the bout with a good deal of respect based on his recent success, he also set foot in the Octagon as an underdog to “Mighty Mouse”. However, Dodson’s showing itself was a bit eye-opening, as the Ultimate Fighter 14 winner dropped Johnson a handful of times and came extremely close to earning a victory.
After opening up early, Dodson’s attack was stymied in the “championship rounds” including a moment in the fourth frame where Johnson landed an illegal knee doing some damage. Referee John McCarthy stopped action, checked on Dodson, and then re-started things without ever penalizing Johnson for the blow. Had he done so, the bout would have resulted in a Draw based on the deduction.
UFC President Dana White was asked to reflect on the rumble shortly after the event’s conclusion, admitting me saw things differently than McCarthy.
“I do think that the point should have been taken away,” said White on Fuel TV’s post-show coverage. “It was absolutely an illegal knee but it was an illegal knee that caused damage too. After that he had a mouse on his eye. He definitely got damaged from it. There should have been a point taken away for that.”
White wouldn’t go so far to say Dodson would receive an immediate rematch but didn’t deny the possibility either, simply labeling Saturday night’s scrap as “a great fight, a very close fight” and “definitely a controversial fight”.
Check out White’s complete reaction below as well as his thoughts on the departure of Quinton Jackson and Anthony Pettis’ status as a top contender:
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