Demetrious Johnson has his next title defense lined up – and it’ll be a rematch.
Johnson (22-2-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC), the UFC’s flyweight champion, will meet John Dodson (17-6 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the next defense of his 125-pound belt. No event has been set yet for the title fight – though Johnson reportedly wants it to take place at UFC 191, which takes place Sept. 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ariel Helwani announced the news on tonight’s edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
Johnson most recently scored a dominant victory over Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event of UFC 186. Johnson’s victory was a record-setting one – he scored the latest submission in UFC history, getting Horiguchi to tap to an armbar at the 4:59 mark of Round 5. The win was Johnson’s eighth’s consecutive victory, seven of which have come in title bouts.
Johnson and Dodson first fought in the main event of UFC on FOX 6 in January 2013 in Chicago. In that fight, Johnson won a unanimous decision in a “Fight of the Night” winner. Many have argued Dodson has been the champ’s toughest challenge yet as champion.
Dodson has won three straight since that fight. He won a fight-night bonus when he knocked out Darrell Montague at UFC 166. Then he stopped John Moraga a little more than a year ago when a doctor waved the fight off after two rounds. After a lengthy injury layoff, he returned in May at UFC 187 and took a unanimous decision against former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky.
LINK to full story: Demetrious Johnson draws rematch with John Dodson for next flyweight title defense | MMAjunkie
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Carlos Condit made it clear he wants a title shot following his TKO of Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 67. No. 1 welterweight contender Rory MacDonald has endorsed him.
MacDonald (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who challenges welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (25-10 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in UFC 189’s pay-per-view co-headliner next month in Las Vegas, believes Condit (30-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC) should be next in line for the belt regardless of who leaves with it on July 11.
Former champ Johny Hendricks (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) also has a claim at the gold. However, if MacDonald were granted decision-making power, he said Condit, the “more dangerous” fighter in his eyes, would get the next title shot.
“I’d like it if Carlos got (the title shot) because I think Carlos is one of the best in the division and the most dangerous fighter with a five-round fight,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie. “He’s a very dangerous fighter.”
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It’s a curious situation atop the 170-pound class. Lawler won the belt from Hendricks at UFC 181 in December in a rematch from UFC 171 the previous March. Hendricks rebounded from the title loss to defeat Matt Brown at UFC 185 and immediately began his campaign for a trilogy fight with Lawler or a bout with MacDonald.
“Bigg Rigg” will be cageside for UFC 189 when MacDonald and Lawler duke it out, but plans for his future have not been revealed.
That opens the door for Condit to swoop in. “The Natural Born Killer” made an emphatic return from an injury-induced 14-month layoff when he brutalized Alves en route to a TKO win in Brazil.
Condit is a former interim UFC titleholder who owns a long list of notable victories. Among the most sparkling of those wins, however, might be his third-round TKO of MacDonald at UFC 115 in June 2010. UFC matchmakers have attempted to bring the fighters together for a rematch in the past, but it’s never come to fruition.
Although Condit has a loss to Hendricks that’s a little more than two years old, MacDonald said he thinks Condit presents a more formidable threat in a championship-fight environment.
“Three-round fights I don’t think are beneficial to (Condit); I think that’s why he lost the decision against Hendricks,” MacDonald said. “I think if that was a five-round fight – you can’t say for sure because it didn’t happen – but I think it was going toward Carlos in that fight if it kept going longer.
“I think Carlos is a more dangerous fighter, personally. Not that Johny’s not (dangerous); he’s great, he’s a top contender, and he was a champion for a reason.”
LINK to full story: Rory MacDonald: ‘More dangerous’ Condit should get title shot over Hendricks | MMAjunkie
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