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UFC 191 Extended Preview: Let’s take a closer look at Johnson-Dodson II, Mir- Arlovski



A week from this Saturday, the only UFC flyweight champion we’ve ever known, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (22-2-1), will defend his strap for the 7th time against John Dodson (17-6), the only fighter to knock down Johnson during his 15-fight stint with Zuffa.

Johnson has made it look so easy, defending his title 5 times with virtually not threat since defeating Dodson back at UFC on FOX 6 in early 2013. Dodson has done everything the UFC has asked of him since, putting up a 3-0 record with 2 KO/TKO finishes over top contenders.

In the co-main event of the evening, two former UFC heavyweight champions going through a rebirth of sorts will meet for the first time.

Heading into UFC Fight Night 61 in Brazil with a 4-fight losing streak (2 of the TKO variety) many thought that Frank Mir (18-9) was fighting on borrowed time. All Mir did on that night was KO his opponent, Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, in under two minutes. A few months later he’d KO Todd Duffee in another Fight Night main event in just over a minute. Is any else out there scared sh*tless that the greatest heavyweight submission fighter of all-time is all of a sudden knocking fools out? If that’s the case, Andrei Arlovski (24-10) is certainly not one of those men.

Like Mir, Arlovski’s boxing has been the talk of the town in the UFC heavyweight division since his 2014 return. Also like Mir, Arlovski would dispose of ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in Brazil last year. It was his first fight as a UFC headliner since 2006. For an encore,¬†Arlovski would just go ahead and TKO Travis Browne at UFC 187 in the very first round, a round that still holds up as the greatest round of 2015 thus far.

The word of the night here is momentum. Only 2 of the aforementioned 4 men will leave Las Vegas on September 5th with their hand raised. Tell us who you have emerging victorious in our comment section below.