LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Demetrious Johnson unanimously outpointed Albuquerque’s John Dodson on Saturday night at UFC 191 to retain the flyweight title.
Johnson (23-2) received winning scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 from the judges.
Dodson, who had his fight week preparation in Las Vegas interrupted Monday night when he flew back to Albuquerque for the birth of his daughter, dropped to 17-7.
Johnson pressed forward for much of the first round, with Dodson trying to maintain his range and keep his distance. Neither fighter landed any significant early strikes.
Johnson continued as the aggressor in the second round, but Dodson, who trains at Jackson-Wink MMA, was able to trip the champion and defend against his takedowns. Johnson’s relentless pressure had Dodson pressed against the fence for part of the third round but he began to find his rhythm, landing a number of short punches, kicks and elbows.
Johnson’s momentum carried into the fourth round and the champion began landing heavier combinations with consistency. By the end of the fourth, Dodson’s offense had slowed, his nose was bloodied and his face was beginning to swell. Johnson maintained control in the fifth and final round, taking Dodson down multiple times and often finding a home for his straight right hand.
In a bout between former heavyweight champions, Dodson’s Jackson-Wink teammate Andrei Arlovski unanimously outpointed Frank Mir.
Arlovski (25-10), the fourth-ranked UFC heavyweight, moved into contention for a possible title fight. Mir dropped to 18-10. The judges scored it 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.