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John Dodson has no problem with Demetrious Johnson’s illegal knee strike

Demetrious Johnson v John Dodson - UFC on FOX 6Like most sports, Mixed Martial Arts is not without its fair share of controversy stemming from questionable calls on the part of the officiating crew. Though far from the worst instance of judgment seen in the Octagon, last night’s headlining tilt between Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson at UFC on FOX 6 featured an infraction leaving many in the MMA community talking about it’s impact on the bout as well as that of referee John McCarthy’s decision to not dock a point.

In the fourth round, flyweight champion Johnson landed a knee to Dodson’s face doing slight damage despite the contender’s hand being on the ground (making the strike illegal). While Dodson was able to recover fully, the fight was so close the point in question would have changed the outcome from a win for Johnson to a Majority Draw.

One person who wasn’t bothered by the situation, surprisingly, was Dodson himself. “The Magician” spoke to Fuel TV after the loss where he was all smiles.

“I was playing that game – I was trying to make sure that I didn’t get kneed in the face and I got kneed. It’s okay. I don’t mind that it happened because we were changing levels so quickly. It’s okay. I’m fine with that,” admitted Dodson, saying his focus was simply on getting better as a result of the rumble.

“It’s a learning experience. I had fun in that whole fight. I might have lost it, but I’ll learn a lot from this and I’m gonna come back stronger and win that title,” Dodson explained, joking that two lessons he’d already taken away from the tilt were, “Don’t get hit in the body and don’t let somebody hang on my neck.”

The full interview with Dodson can be seen below:


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I didn’t like Dodson going into this fight, but seeing the interview with him wearing a TMNT shirt, and sponsored by Pop Rocks makes me like him more, plus how goofy and peppy he is. Sadly I didn’t get to see the fight after the knee, I can only watch at my friends house and he forgot to make the DVR run long since we were working on our business, so it literally stopped right at the spot when Big John restarted the fight. About the knee though, I don’t like the hand thing, it’s to iffy and like he said its to easy to play the game, plus is the fighter kneeing suppose to put their head under the guy and get kneed themselves?

    Also Brendhan…I don’t have to tell you the video isn’t here this time cuz it is, yay.

  • darth_irritable says:

    I’m getting to like this guy. Real class act. The Anti-‘page.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    It wasn’t when the post initially went up. :)

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    This rule has got to go.
    Just like in football, a three point stance means you’re still standing.
    If you drop to a knee you are down, and at the very least your opponent can sense you’re down.
    There was someone a few years ago that suggested or tried moving forward on one knee to avoid getting kicked in the head.
    Anyone remember?
    And I agree, I thought Dodson was a jackass on TUF, but it turns out he’s just being himself.
    He was winning this fight and will get another shot down a the road.
    It was an Important night to risk giving the flyweights the main stage on national TV and Johnson and Dodson delivered.
    Plus Pettis.
    Holy COW!

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Dr Stoppage, that was Rich Franklin on one of the TUF shows he had come on as a guest trainer and his advice to one of the fighters was to get down on one knee to avoid getting kneed in the face.


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