How’s it going today?
Things are going great. I’m enjoying life and I can’t wait to fight Demetrious Johnson. Until then, all I can do is keep in on training and teaching.
You are currently on tap to fight Demetrious Johnson at a date to be determined for the UFC flyweight title. I know last week, you stated on Inside MMA you didn’t have a date yet, still no date for the fight?
Is that frustrating knowing you have an opponent, but don’t have a date for the fight?
No. At least now I have a face so I can imagine who I am beating up.
The UFC announced some dates for some cards for early in 2013, with UFC on Fox returning here to Chicago and then the weekend after UFC 156 in Las Vegas. Given a choice between fighting as the main event on the Fox card or the main event of the PPV which would you prefer?
Probably Fox because then you can get more fans into the UFC. Everyone wants to be on PPV, but they want to get a piece of that. I just want to get people to be more aware of flyweights and the fighting style of a flyweight. I want people to see the technique that a flyweight brings. People complain about us not being able to knock people out, but I am trying to prove everyone wrong about that.
You are going out there and showing that flyweights do have knockout power. What do you attribute to the fact that you are one of the more successful at getting the finishes in the flyweight division?
Mike Winkeljohn. Him and Greg Jackson are the guys that are having me believe in my knockout power. For the longest time I didn’t believe in hitting people as hard as I could, it was more about the pitter pat motion. I always thought speed kills. Then I got some losses on my record and apparently you can’t always get the win off of points.
There was an interview with Demetrious before it was announced you would be fighting him and he stated he had hoped you would get the next shot so you two could put on the “fastest paced mma fight ever”. Looking at his fights, how much do you think he is going to have to keep up with you as I believe you are the faster of the two.
I think I am the only one who can keep up with him. Everyone has sat there and tried to follow him and chase him, but they have all failed at it. I think I can match his speed and it won’t be so much of a cat and mouse fight. I can’t say I am faster than him or he is faster than me, but we have seen each other, and we just want to see who really is the fastest out of the two of us.
So a 100 yard dash after the fight?
(laughs) Ask me that question later.
You also stated you have been studying him, what’s one thing that has impressed you about him since you started studying him as an opponent?
I’ve been studying film on him since he first had his first fight in the WEC. He’s been one of the guys I wanted to fight cause I saw myself as him. Me and him have a similar fighting style. We both like to use our angles but he likes to use a lot more takedowns than I will ever.
Do you think the wrestling aspect will come into the fight?
I guarantee both of us will be using every tool in our arsenal to get that win. Be it our wrestling, jiu jitsu or our striking. I will say it will be awesome if we were striking for twenty five minutes cause that would be close to 2500 punches thrown by each person.
The fight odds are out, you are a near 3-1 underdog. Do you even think about the betting lines at all?
Nope I don’t care. I have always been an underdog my entire life. I look at it as an honor and something I dealt with. I can’t look down at him for being the favorite. A lot of people didn’t think I was going to amount to anything.
Where can the fans find you at?
On twitter @johndodsonmma or on facebook.
Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Hyabusa, Century MMA, all the people at Jackson-Winkeljohn martial arts, my brother Eric Dodson, my girlfriend Belle, my mom, my family, my teammates.