John Dodson believes he would put Demetrious Johnson to ‘sleep this time’

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

UFC flyweight competitor John Dodson believes Demetrious Johsnon is “ducking” him and is scared to give him a rematch.

John Dodson is certainly not shy when it comes to voicing his opinion about the UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

The TUF winner is convinced that "Mighty Mouse" is "ducking" him and that he is making illogical excuses to "jive out" of the fight.

"I heard the press conference, I heard him trying to duck and bob and weave and jive out of a fight with me," Dodson told FOX Sports' Damon Martin. "Then he wants to tell everybody he wants to fight everybody but me, telling everybody 'John Dodson's a clown' yet he sounded like a scared little pussycat trying to run away from me. Is he afraid of the big bad wolf?"

Dodson is uncertain about why Johnson would consider him an unworthy opponent, as he has defeated several formidable competitors to earn a rematch against the champion. It was not as if he considered the first match to be a blowout either, as he remained competitive against Johnson and apparently got the UFC President's nod of approval following the contest.

"He doesn't think I'm worthy as an opponent? He said he wanted to see him fight (Jussier) Formiga, who I leveled. They want to see him go blow for blow with Zach Makovsky, who won two fights in the UFC so far. I think I've been on a tear here with a 5-1 streak, and the only person that beat me was Demetrious. If he doesn't want to fight me, put anybody else in front of me and I'll go toe-to-toe and I'll put them to sleep just like I should have done with him."

Ultimately, Dodson is certain that Johnson is purposely ducking him because he is aware of his knockout power, which was a slight cause for concern in the first fight. This time around, Dodson believes he is in better shape and will be far more prepared to win the title.

"Of course (he's ducking me). He knows I will put him to sleep this time," Dodson said. "I'm in better shape, better conditioning, my strength is only getting better. He's shown he has knockout power now putting out Joseph Benavidez, one of the hardest hitting guys in the division, congratulations. Why don't you try to put me to sleep? I'm going to be just as fast as you, just as technical, but the only thing that's different -- I have more strength."

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