Will Mighty Mouse lift flyweight from obscurity?


QUICK question: What weight division is flyweight?

If you answered correctly, you are in the minority. As has been the case starting with lightweight, fans do not immediately embrace each new division. However, Las Vegas Sun reporter Case Keefer argues that UFC on FOX 6 on Saturday night could start breaking flyweights out of obscurity, when Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson fight in the main event.

Anyone who tunes in to UFC on FOX 6 Saturday night based solely on the event’s commercials won’t know exactly what they’re watching.

UFC on Fox 6 promos make no mention of Johnson and Dodson fighting for the flyweight championshipt. The spots, many of which aired during the NFL playoffs over the past three weeks, appeared intentionally vague regarding Johnson and Dodson, saying the two 125-pounders were fighting for the “world title.”

The hesitancy with the flyweights needs to end.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is the champion who’s taking the responsibility of introducing the 125-pound weight class to the masses.

“The UFC has given us this spotlight on national television on Fox,” Johnson said. “It’s going to give me and John Dodson the chance to show the world what we can do and educate the fans as well.”

26-year-old's fights almost feel like they need a warning label outlining the side effects of watching him flash across the screen and into opponents for 25 minutes. Throw in Dodson, who’s probably second to Johnson for most frenetic fighter in the UFC, and Saturday should be a sight to behold.

Divisions tend to flourish under a dominant champion, and Johnson looks like he could be just that at flyweight.

Johnson has an all-important factor working for him: He’s relatable.

"Mighty Mouse" trained on the side while he held down a full-time job as a warehouse forklift operator for the first four years he was a professional fighter.

“I love working 40 hours a week,” Johnson said. “I love going in and sliding my timecard because, at the end of the day, you owe me money and that’s the way I like it.”

It wasn’t until Johnson received a bantamweight title shot against Dominick Cruz, which he lost by unanimous decision but kept competitive despite a noticeable size disadvantage, that he took a leave from work. It wasn’t until the UFC implemented the flyweight division that he decided to stick with only fighting.

He now spends his time commuting more than two hours round-trip every day from his home in Parkland, Wash., to his gym in Kirkland, Wash. Johnson could move closer, but he’s not the type of guy to run away from his roots.

Those roots now include being the first and only flyweight champion in UFC history, something else he’s not planning on giving up easily.

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Answer: The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined by the Association of Boxing Commissions – groups together all competitors 125 lbs. and below.

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NINERS76 site profile image  

1/25/13 3:02 PM by NINERS76

Why wouldnt you have your own person taping the fights to prevent this?? Someone had to have taped it.

Dwight K Schrute site profile image  

1/25/13 2:40 PM by Dwight K Schrute

i love his XBOX 360 sponsor. fuck apple get money

ender852 site profile image  

1/25/13 2:40 PM by ender852

nope, because Dodson is gonna win.

Tank by gogoplata site profile image  

1/25/13 2:30 PM by Tank by gogoplata

Johnson is a good representative of the sport. I don't understand the flack he receives. I'm a big fan.

TheRealJoker site profile image  

1/25/13 2:09 PM by TheRealJoker

I always like hearing stories of high level fighters that also work full time. I'm a fan of Mighty Mouse!

MMALOGIC site profile image  

1/25/13 1:46 PM by MMALOGIC

mighty mouse is not the guy who's gonna do it... nobody wants to watch a guy on a bike throwing a hundred feints before a strike lands. Dodson and benavidez have the power to do it.

OMA (tm) site profile image  

1/25/13 1:32 PM by OMA (tm)

I hope so. Seems like a good guy (no Ian McCall but a good guy non the less

AZ Combat Sports site profile image  

1/25/13 1:19 PM by AZ Combat Sports

well lets put it this way, Moraga Dominated round one, it was a 8.5 min round because there was no time keeper, won the stand up again in the 2nd round, and took his back for over 2.5 min (standing) in another longer round over 6 min (again bad time keeping). all Dodson did was catch a leg kick late in the round and swept Moragas post leg where John went down and bounced back up. they gave that round to Dodson because of the sweep (bs). Dodson won the 3rd with a couple of nice knees. why is there no tape? we found out the judges where all affiliates under Jackson, it was a shitty situation for sure. I was there Moraga won the fight, tried to get the tape, it magically vanished. believe me we would love to fight Dodson again. and if he wins it looks like we will get that chance.

shaqitup site profile image  

1/25/13 1:10 PM by shaqitup

I was under the impression dodson beat him, so is wiki, sherdog etc.

MagSlim site profile image  

1/25/13 1:07 PM by MagSlim