Dana White: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson Rematch Likely Next

Written by Tom Ngo
June 19th, 2014

UFC Bantamweight Demetrious Johnson

Reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (pictured) might not be interested in granting John Dodson a rematch, which promoted Johnson to accuse “Mighty Mouse” of ducking him, but UFC president Dana White believes that’s the best scrap to make at this point.

“Too bad if Demetrious doesn’t like that fight, that’s the fight he’s probably looking at,” White told UFC.com of the impending sequel. “No doubt about it, that is (potentially) one of the premier match-ups in the UFC this year.”

Johnson notched his fourth consecutive successful title defense after dominating Ali Bagautinov at UFC 174. While he believes there are plenty of other challengers more deserving of a crack at his crown, White thinks Dodson’s two straight knockout finishes since dropping a decision to Johnson in January 2013 warrants Part II.

“He looked amazing and he looks better every time he fights,” White said of Johnson after his win over Bagautinov. “He’s a guy that’s building a division. He’s building that division for us. I love the Johnson-Dodson fight.”

Dodson is currently ranked as the division’s top contender. Joseph Benavidez comes in right behind Johnson, and Benavidez was already granted a rematch against Johnson, so it wouldn’t be absurd for “The Magician” to get another crack.

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