Official! Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson rematch for UFC flyweight title on Sept. 5

July 27, 2015

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Official! Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson rematch for UFC flyweight title on Sept. 5



Las Vegas – UFC flyweight champion and No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson collides with rival John Dodson in a highly anticipated rematch Saturday, September 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Johnson narrowly defeated Dodson in their first bout in 2013, with the champion surviving several knockdowns from the heavy-handed New Mexico native. Two years later, the rivalry has grown bitter, and the pair of flyweight standouts will look to settle the score once and for all at UFC® 191: JOHNSON vs. DODSON 2.

 

Since his first showdown with Dodson, Johnson (21-2-1, fighting out of Parkland, Wash.) has gone on to defend his belt five more times, scoring impressive finishes in four of those contests. He now looks for a seventh consecutive successful title defense which would put him in a tie for third place on the all-time list behind only Anderson Silva (10) and Georges St-Pierre (9).

 

Meanwhile, Dodson (18-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) is riding a three-fight winning streak with two finishes and believes that the next knockdown he scores over the champion will be the last.

 

Also, top-ranked light heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) returns to the Octagon for the first time since his title fight with Daniel Cormier and meets Polish striker, No. 12 Jan Blachowicz (18-4, fighting out of Poznan, Poland).

 

Plus, No. 8 women’s strawweight Paige VanZant (5-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) looks to continue her ascent up the UFC’s newest division when she meets Australia’s Alex Chambers (4-2, fighting out of Sydney, Australia). VanZant, who is 2-0 inside the Octagon, has quickly become one of the faces of the division thanks to thrilling victories over Kailin Curran and Felice Herrig. Chambers, a cast member on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off a third-round submission of Curran earlier this year. She looks to end the meteoric rise of VanZant when the two collide in Las Vegas.

 

Also announced for UFC 191: No. 11 bantamweight Francisco Rivera (11-4, fighting out of Buena Park, Calif.) welcomes proven finisher John Lineker (25-7, fighting out of Paranagua, Parana Brazil) to the 135-pound division.

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