John “The Magician” Dodson (17-6 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is primed to have one of the best weeks of his life.
After already helping deliver his first born child Delilah Sky on Tuesday, Dodson hopes to finish the week by beating Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (22-2-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC) for the UFC’s 125-pound title in the main event of UFC 191. Despite coming up short in their matchup two years ago at UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson, “The Magician” heads into Saturday’s main event with a ton of confidence and a lot belief that his abilities will help him unseat the UFC’s inaugural and reigning flyweight champion.
“Demetrious Johnson has come out and said that he has nothing to worry about and just has to do the same thing over and if that’s the case I want that to happen,” Dodson told Today’s Knockout at UFC 191 media day. “Because if he is going to do the same thing over that means I’m going to meet him right in the middle of the cage and this time I’m going to run and knee him right in the face.”
Though Johnson firmly has all of Dodson’s attention as he should, it only takes a few minutes of conversation with the challenger to realize that he feels he’s better than the champion. The hard-hitting Dodson, despite having not won a UFC belt at this stage of his career, feels the main event of UFC 191 will just be the beginning.
“I’ve already told everybody across the board that I’m going to be a three-of-a-kind king,” Dodson said. “I plan on winning titles at 125, 135 and 145 and rule the whole world and all three divisions.”
For Dodson to fulfill his prophecy, he must beat the only man who’s defeated him in the last five years. By using the first fight as a guide, Dodson must finish the championship rounds in Saturday’s main event stronger than he did in his first championship encounter.