With the next UFC pay-per-view event just a week away, September 5th, now would be a good time to take a look at some of the fights and break down the main event. Dana White has once again put together a fantastic main card that will be headlined by Flyweights, Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. Johnson is the current 125 lb flyweight champion of the world, and Dodson is the current number one challenger.
Andrei Arlovski will also take on Frank Mir and what should be a fantastic heavyweight bout. Both these men have the ability to end the fight with one punch, and if history has anything to say it is that this should be a slug fest.
Arlovski, who is back from a hiatus in the UFC, is 3-0 in his last three UFC fights. His latest victory came against fellow heavyweight Travis Browne. It was a fantastic punching fest that culminated in a first round knockout win for Arlovski.
Frank Mir on the other hand has struggled a bit since his title shot loss to, then champion, Junior Dos Santos. Since the loss he is only 2-3, but has managed to win two in a row, which has earned him this shot with Arlovski.
Now while Mir is known for his devastating power, he can submit fighters, with his sensational ground game. Mir has two of the quickest submissions in UFC history, with finishes coming in at both 45 and 46 seconds of the first round. While he may seem like a brute, he can end fights on the canvas, and it is for this reason that I give the edge towards Mir. I feel as though the fight will be an all-out war, but Mir has a larger arsenal in to which he can finish opponents, and win fights. Mir will win by second round submission.
The main event, as previously stated will showcase Demetrious Johnson against John Dodson for the flyweight championship of the world. It will be the second time that these two have faced each other with Johnson winning the first bout by unanimous decision. I always enjoyed watching the flyweights fight. Their cardio is always fantastic, and their movements are so quick that the fights often look like their being fast forwarded.
Now don’t for a second think that the guys aren’t tough. While both men only come it at just 5’3”, they could easily kill me before I even get a chance to run away. They may not be big, but these two are some of the most skilled fighters in the UFC.
What makes this fight interesting is that the two men have conflicting styles. Demetrious Johnson is probably the most technically skilled fighters in the organization, while John Dodson is more of a power hitting fighter.
Despite the fact that he is a flyweight, Dodson has been known to end fights by knockout. Out of his last seven fights, four have been ended due to TKO, including one knockout against the current Bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw.
Dodson has very quick hands, and is extremely explosive. You never expect him to knock people out, but time and time again he is successful. At 18-6, Dodson is chomping at the bit to get another shot at Demetrious Johnson, but if Johnson has anything to say about it, it will be another methodical victory for the champ.
Demetrious Johnson, is one of the most intelligent fighters in the UFC, and knows how to wear down his opponents and pull out decision wins. Johnson has successfully defended his flyweight title seven times with four of his wins coming by decision. Many have criticized Johnson for having a “boring style”, but to say that Johnson is boring is just ignorant.
He is a true mixed martial artist in every respect, and knows exactly how to go into a fight in order to come out with a win. Whether that be by submission, knock out, or decision, all Demetrious Johnson does is win.
His last fight saw him take his opponent, Kyoji Horiguchi, all the way to the last second of the fight where Johnson was able to finish off the bout with a late arm bar. Technically, it was one of the best fights of the year, but many fans were disappointed that the result took so long and thought that Johnson could have ended the fight quicker.
It’s aggravating to hear this commentary because it is simply not how Johnson fights. He is not going to push the pace, and put himself in a position where he could potentially lose. He is smart with every movement that he makes. After all, there is a reason why he has been the only flyweight champion in UFC history.
In the end, I see Dodson landing some good shots, as he did in the previous bout, but Johnson will come out with victory. He is too intelligent, and too disciplined for Dodson. My prediction is that Johnson will win by unanimous decision.
Some other key fights to keep an eye are the bouts between light heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Jimi Manuwa, strawweights Paige VanZant and Alex Chambers, and on the preliminary card, lightweights Ross Pearson and Paul Felder. It should be a good night of fights, and if you have the opportunity I would recommend checking them out.
By Jake Cianci