Image via UFC
John Dodson def.by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Dodson is known for his flashy striking, and his opponent had some too. But Dodson's counterstriking was on point and he overcame a suspected broken hand to take a unanimous decision victory over Tim Elliott in their Flyweight bout at UFC on Fox 3. Elliott was very wild with his strikes and landed his share in the first two rounds, but Dodson was just more accurate. The tide turned a bit in the third and Elliott was able to up his accuracy rate, but it was too late.
Both fighters opened the bout with a barrage of flashy offense, none of which landed. Dodson foot-swept Elliott down briefly, but he popped up and grabbed one of Dodson's legs. He was unable to get it to the floor though. Dodson landed a big knee to the head, but Elliott responded with all sorts of stuff. The pace slowed in the middle of the round, with Dodson landing the more significant strikes. Dodson accidentally poked Elliott in the eye late in the first stanza, which led a doctor examination. Elliott said he could see, so the bout continued. Elliott immediately showed more urgency but was a little while and caught some shots from Dodson instead.
Elliott's eye was almost swollen shut by the start of the second round. Elliott threw a cartwheel kick and some more flashy strikes, but Dodson countered well. Elliott finally connected with a left hook. Dodson started to find his range with his counterstriking, and landed a lot more than Elliott over the course of the round. Elliott literally chased Dodson all the way around the cage but couldn't gain an advantage. Dodson landed a low blow with a minute to go. Dodson picked Elliott up for a big slam late, but Elliott popped up and landed a nice knee.
Elliott came out aggressive again in the third and actually landed a few shots before he was pushed off by Dodson. Dodson's hand was apparently hurt, and it affected his striking in the last round. He was throwing more elbows than punches, and they were landing. Elliott responded well with several solid left hands though. Elliott caught a kick and landed a combination on Dodson, but didn't hurt him. The exact same sequence went down about 15 seconds later. They ended the bout by throwing jumping knees at the same time.
Dodson picked up his first win since he won The Ultimate Fighter 14 at bantamweight. Elliott was a late replacement for Darren Uyenoyama, and will certainly get another UFC fight with that performance.