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UFC 191: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson II
Flyweight Title Fight: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson II
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson vs John "The Magician" Dodson II is the most highly anticipated rematch in the UFC's flyweight division's history. Over two years since their first bout and DJ's closest title fight yet, Dodson has racked up 3 straight wins since then over top contenders in the Flyweight division, two of them coming by KO/TKO. Since their first bout, Demetrious Johnson has gone on to defend his title 5 times, finishing 4 of them. It was only a matter of time before these two met again as Dodson is the only one who has matched DJ's speed and has the power to change and end the fight with one punch, as evidenced in their first bout when he dropped and rocked DJ on a couple of occasions throughout their fight.
Training out of Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, NM. John Dodson has been on a mission to get another title shot ever since his close fight with DJ in January of 2013. Winning 3 in a row since then, including two KO/TKO wins over former title contender John Moraga and prospect Darrel Montague. John Dodson has given Demetrious Johnson his closest fight as a challenger, including dropping him a couple of times throughout the first 2-3 rounds as well as matching DJ for speed and stuffing a multitude of takedowns and scrambling to get up quickly after the few times he did get taken down. While in the cage it is just those two, just as important are their coaches. Greg Jackson one of the best MMA coaches and tacticians, leading multiple champions and contenders such as Andrei Arlovski, Jon Jones, Donald Cerrone, etc. He'll have John Dodson extremely prepared for this fight and look to add on tot the things that Dodson found successful in their first fight. While John Dodson petered off in the championship rounds against Demetrious Johnson, he was still able to hurt DJ which is more than any other contender has done so far and also keep the fighting standing for the majority of all 5 rounds where every other contender has severely struggled to stuff DJ's takedowns. For Dodson to take the Flyweight crown, he needs to avoid looking for that one shot KO and use more combinations and also maintain his cardio so he can stop DJ from controlling the pace of the fight. If anyone can do it in the Flyweight division, it will be John Dodson, a loss here potentially leaves him in limbo similary to Joseph Benavidez who has not even been near another title shot since his second loss to Demetrious Johnson.
Since the 2013 fight with Dodson, Demetrious Johnson has ran through 5 contenders with ease, including finishing 4 of them via various Submissions and KO/TKOS. With Matt Hume coaching him in Seattle, he has DJ operating similarily to how GSP was under Firas Zahabi/Greg Jackson. Game-planning perfectly to fight against their opponents styles and with ease knocking off any and every challenger to his belt. As Champion, Demetrious Johnson has only been in trouble once and that was against John Dodson where he got rocked/wobbled early in the fight. Despite that, Johnson recovered quickly each time and pushed the pace once again, mixing in TD's and combinations to keep Dodson guessing while also avoiding Dodson's one big shot; eventually earning himself the unanimous decision. Matt Hume and Demetrious Johnson will look to build on their successful first fight with Dodson and then more with DJ looking more and more impressive every time he steps in the cage, and as quoted by Joe Rogan as the "#1 P4P fighter in the world". Despite his dominance, DJ regularly brings in low viewership and PPV numbers. He looks to change the public's perception of him once again as he steps into the octagon and looks to continue forward to get the record of most title defense and with the rate he is knocking contenders off, it's only a matter of when now, if he gets past John Dodson of course.
Who wins in the co-main event of UFC 191?
Co-Main Event: Andrei Arlovski vs Frank Mir (Heavyweight)
A fight years in the making for the UFC's Heavyweight Division. Despite being in the UFC for years, Mir has yet to match up against former Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arvloski, due to his motorcycle accident that kept him out of the sport for a couple of years and thus relinquishing his title. Andrei Arlovski found himself cut from the UFC in 2008 and after putting together solid wins and streaks outside the organization in promotions like WSOF, Affliction, Elite XC and One FC. Arlovski he got called back up to the UFC and returned in 2014 against Brendan Schaub. After a lack-luster split decision AA put together back to back KO wins over top heavyweight Antonio "Big Foot" Silva and Travis Browne.
Many fans were hoping for Andrei Arlovksi to continue his comeback story and get a title shot against Fabricio Werdum next but with Cain Velasquez due an immediate rematch and others HW looking for contention, Andrei needs to prove once again he is due the shot by fighting Frank Mir at UFC 195.
No stranger to comeback is Frank Mir himself, after a horrifying motorcycle accident had him relinquish the title and a recovery of over two years in 2006, Mir has been fighting consistently and been top ranked in the UFC's Top 10 since. From 2012 in his fight against Junior Dos Santos, Mir went on a 4 fight loss streak, taking heavy losses to Top contenders but in February of 2015, Mir KOed Bigfoot Silva in the first round. Shortly after in July in the main event of a Fox Card Mir entered a slight underdog against returning Heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee, after suffering and surviving a wild flurry against in the opening minute of the bout, Mir countered Duffee with a left hand that put him out cold, putting him on a two fight KO win streak. Coming in at #10 in the HW division, a win over #5 Andre Arlosvki would put Mir in contender status and possibly just one more fight away from a title fight.
In a bout of two comebacks of Heavyweights who have been a mainstay in Heavyweight rankings and UFC for over 10 years, they find themselves on the cusp of a title shot in the twilight in their careers and a win is necessary here if either of them wish to make it to one last title shot before retirement. Frank Mir will need to weather the storm of Andrei Arlovski and not wilt under the pressure like in previous fight if he wants to stand a chance in the fight, Despite that, Andrei Arlovski who had looked susceptible to knockouts earlier in his career has taken heavy shots from Travis Browne and absolutely dominated in his last two fights. With the crisper striking and experience which Todd Duffee lacked, this is most likely a tall order for Frank Mir while AA looks to continue forward to one last title fight.
Spotlight: Paige VanZant vs Alex Chambers (Women's Strawweight)
Paige Vanzant is a rising star among the UFC's newest division, Women's Strawweight. Shortly after her debut win over Kailin Curran, Paige Vanzant found herself with a special sponsorship from UFC's sponsor Reebok. Looking to rise through the ranks Paige finds herself fighting someone one else who finished Kailin Curran, New Zealand's Alex Chambers.
Former competitor on the TUF 20, Alex Chambers pulled out a strong armbar off of her back against Kailin Curran late in the fight to save her from losing by Decision. Despite almost potentially losing her last fight, Chambers proves her veteran experience and her dangerous ground game always making her a live fight no matter the circumstances. Despite being from New Zealand, Chambers took her POTN bonus from her comeback submission win to help her come to the United States to train with American Top Team for this fight. A win over majorly popular and rising star PVZ would potentially launch Chambers just around the Top 15 mark in a division where a couple of impressive wins could launch a fighter into contendership.
With Paige Vanzant quick rise and media popularity she finds herself in many high profile fights, her last fight being on the main card of a Fox Sports event against veteran Felice Herrig. Paige poured the pressure on Felice and grappled and beat her up from bell to bell all 3 rounds and secured herself a decision over Herring and thus her first ranked win. Despite Chambers being ranked below Vanzant this is a potentially showcase fight for her with it being her first PPV main-card bout. With Joanna Jedrzejczyk looking to fight on the UFC 195 card and Claudia Gadhela potentially not being able to make it due to injury, an impressive win could launch PVZ into the contender spot with other SW's being booked and also Paige having a 3 fight win streak in the UFC to ride into the fight on.
While Chambers may be crafty on the ground and a move to ATT for this camp could immensely help, Paige's style of constant pressure may wilt the much older veteran and Paige training at the camp of Team Alpha Male with the likes of Urijah Faber and Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw her submission defense and wrestling/pressure style should keep her out of danger from Alex Chamber's submission, though on slip-up and Chambers could de-rail PVZ's momentum akin to the Kailin Curran fight.