Dodson had a winning debut in bareknuckle boxing this past Saturday, following in the footsteps of former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson, who won his first fight in the sport the day before. This past weekend, "Mighty Mouse" made his return to the ring by knocking out Adriano Moraes with a sensational flying knee KO to win the ONE Championship flyweight title.
“To be honest, I put him above Jon Jones,” Dodson said.
“I know Jon Jones is my teammate and training partner, and I’m not even saying it because he beat me, but Demetrious Johnson is the most well-rounded mixed martial artist the world has seen.
“Like, he’s the only one that I know that’s combined it so well between his wrestling, striking and also his jiu-jitsu. Like he’s been so creative with how to get submissions, how to finish people, and he’s just a very intelligent fighter.”
Dodson and Johnson have a long history together. They fought for a combined 50 minutes in the octagon during their time in the UFC. Johnson successfully defended his title against him twice in championship contests that were both thrilling and intense.
“In the near future, if that window actually does open up for me, I’d definitely jump on it because I’m looking at this as a Wanderlei Silva and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson scenario,” Dodson said. “Wanderlei crushed Rampage two times in a row, and on the third time, (Rampage) had a demolishing finish and let him know he became a champion in another organization. So from Pride FC to UFC, same thing could be from UFC to ONE.
“If Demetrious wanted to do some bareknuckle, he can let me know,” Dodson said.