John Dodson’s first UFC loss also kept him from winning the UFC flyweight title, as Demetrious Johnson successfully defended the belt this past Saturday at UFC on Fox 6.
However, had an illegal knee that Johnson landed been ruled as a point deduction, the fight would have ended in a majority draw.
Dodson, a former winner on The Ultimate Fighter, didn’t seem overly concerned with the illegal strike following the match. The two flyweights were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for their thrilling 25-minute war.
“I was playing that game – I was trying to make sure that I didn’t get kneed in the face and I got kneed,” said Dodson, during the post-fight show on Fuel TV. “It’s okay. I don’t mind that it happened because we were changing levels so quickly. It’s okay. I’m fine with it.”
Dodson had defeated T.J. Dillashaw, Tim Elliott and Jussier Formiga to earn the shot at Johnson, but was unable to finish “Mighty Mouse” despite knocking him down several times early in the fight. The illegal knee came in the fourth round, and Johnson continued to dominate the fight from there on until the final whistle sounded.