Demetrious JohnsonUFC flyweight title-contender John Dodson is nicknamed “The Magician”. Though the exact origin of the handle may not be widely known, chances are it could have something to do with Dodson’s ability to seemingly disappear from in front of his foes thanks to otherworldly speed. However, as quick as Dodson may be, he thinks he might come in second place if he and champion Demetrious Johnson were to go up against each other in a sprint.

Of course, a fight is far from a contest determined solely by speed, and Dodson expects to prove that when he gets his crack at Johnson’s gold on January 26 at UFC on FOX 6.

“He might be a little bit faster than me but I can cancel that with the power that I possess,” said Dodson of his foe’s footwork in an interview with the UFC, adding, “I can just hit you that one time and put you to sleep.”

Six of Dodson’s fourteen wins have featured some form of strike-based stoppage including his most recent effort in the Octagon – a knockout of Jussier Formiga in October at UFC on FX 5. While the win was only Dodson’s third under the UFC banner, he isn’t about to apologize for an opportunity he feels he’s earned.

“For me getting this title-shot in such a short UFC career is kind of a blessing. It says that the UFC believes in me and they understand all the hard work I’ve put into (my career),” explained the humble 28-year old.

The complete interview with Dodson can be seen below: