"I had some hot blonde come up to me with a smile," Dodson told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com
), "and she's like, 'You suck.'"
Despite his frenetic fight style, Dodson and his flyweight brethren aren't always the most celebrated MMA fighters. The UFC's first year with the 125-pounders has seen some competitive fights, including Johnson's recent championship win over Joseph Benavidez in the UFC's four-man flyweight tournament. But as on Friday night at Minneapolis' Target Center, they're received their fair share of boos.
But Dodson (14-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who fought on the night's FX-televised main card, was willing to give fans a pass. He ultimately scored a big second-round knockout, which silenced critics who claim the little guys lack stopping power. But in the first round, both he and Formiga (14-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) did little to excite the restless crowd.
"I can't sit there and hate on the fans for booing because of the fact they got so spoiled in the beginning with the earlier fights," he said. "There were so many knockouts and back-and-forth battles and great submissions right before me. I then get out there, and I'm being very technical. They're like, 'You suck!'"
"But I gave them a knockout, so they started cheering afterward."
As he said before the fight, White confirmed in the post-event press conference that Dodson has earned the title shot. No date has been set, but he knows what to expect.
"Two of the fastest guys ever in the UFC," he said.
Dodson, who won "The Ultimate Fighter 14" as a bantamweight this past year, returned to the 125-pound division earlier this year when it became the UFC's eighth official weight class. After defeating Tim Elliott earlier this year, he got the No. 1 contender's bout with Formiga, the world's former top-ranked flyweight.
With his win (his fifth straight and his seventh in his past eight fights), Dodson now has his sights set on the belt and his meeting with Johnson. Perhaps just as important as a winning belt, the Team Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter is anxious to further showcase the flyweight division.
"I feel great," Dodson said. "It's going to be a fun fight for me. I can't wait for me and 'Mighty Mouse' to fight. That's really the only thing I have to say. It's going to be fun, and it's going to explosive.
"... I've already seen that fight happen probably a thousand or a million times in my head."