Dana White Heaps More Praise on Demetrious Johnson, Says UFC 191 PPV “Did Better Than we Thought”
By FCF Staff
Demetrious Johnson may not be one of the UFC’s biggest stars, despite being one of the promotions best fighters, but it sounds like the flyweight champ’s drawing power is on the way up.
Johnson is coming off an impressive, decision win over his rival John Dodson last weekend at UFC 191, which was his seventh title defense. While hardcore fans and pundits likely understood they were watching greatness, you could still hear boos ringing out at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Leaving some to question, whether “Mighty Mouse” will ever be a box office hit.
Well, UFC President Dana White recently appeared on “UFC Tonight“, and while discussing Johnson’s drawing power, he stated this (comment via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“The pay-per-view did better than we thought. He beat the budget. Johnson just needs to keep going out there and winning fights. Maybe he’ll be more appreciated after he’s gone.”
The September 5th fight marked the second time Johnson has decisioned Dodson. Unlike in their 2013 encounter, however, Dodson was never able to land any punishing shots. While reflecting on the champion’s performance, White stated:
“He completely dominated Dodson. He continues to steamroll his way to greatness. Johnson feels like he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I think he’s one of the most talented fighters to ever compete. Who wasn’t excited about this fight going into it? Dodson was the only guy who has ever done anything against him, and this time he literally couldn’t do anything against DJ. His coach Hume is like a scientist and DJ implements the game plan to a T. It’s fascinating to watch.”
With the win, Johnson moved his overall record to 23-2-1, and he also climbed into the promotion’s #2 ranking in the pound-for-pound division.