Demetrious Johnson was staggered by the left fist of John Dodson, a blow that sent the UFC flyweight champ to the mat in the second round.
Johnson popped right up like only a 125-pounder can and embarked on a rally that resulted in a victory by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47) to defend his crown at UFC on FOX 6, a bout at the United Center on Saturday night that followed a loss by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in what is likely his last UFC fight.
"I got dinged a little bit, but I'm in great shape," Johnson said in his post-fight interview. "Those things are going to happen. You are going to get splashed. You are going to get hit."
Dodson was the aggressor in the first two rounds, regularly catching Johnson with punches. Johnson, who earned the UFC's first flyweight title in a five-round bout against Joseph Benavidez last year, proved to be better conditioned as the fight progressed.
Johnson finished with a huge edge on takedowns and had the more devastating strikes in the ...