UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson says that being patient was key to beating John Dodson at UFC 191 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The 29-year-old swept the scorecards with 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 scores from the judges.
"John Dodson was saying that I'm garbage, I'm boring, but look at my face," Johnson said in his post-fight interview. "I look prettier than a motherf••••r, and that's what technique gets your right there."
According to Fightmetric statistics, Johnson was clearly in control in the striking department, out landing Dodson with an 186-to-111 ratio.
"The last time we fought, I was trying to get to him too much," Johnson said. "This time, 25 minutes, I wanted to take my time.
"At one point I got poked in the eye. I wanted to keep it clean and say, 'Let's be technical in this fight.'"
Johnson improves his fight record to 23-2-1 and successfully defend his UFC title for the seventh time while Dodson’s record now stands at 17-7.
Dodson told reporters that he felt that Johnson fought a an intelligent cautious fight and that is why he deserved to win.
"I had more success in the first fight because both of us were going in not knowing what each other's strengths were. This time, he went in more cautious, more intelligent.
"I was trying to defend takedowns. He was trying to push pace. DJ did a wonderful job. He came after me.
"Hats off to him. I can't sit here and badmouth him. The man's a champion," Dodson said of Johnson.
In other fights, Andrei Arlovski (25-10) outpointed Frank Mir (18-10) via unanimous decision, Anthony Johnson (20-5) knocked out Jimi Manuwa (15-2) in their light heavyweight scrap and Straweight Paige VanZant (6-1) submitted Alex Chambers (5-3) with a third-round armbar in a women's bout.