Round 1 - Referee Daryl Guthmiller in the cage for this key flyweight bout. Dodson darting in and out to open. Formiga with his hands high as he bounces on the outside. Dodson works the body and pulls away when Formiga tries to grab him. Formiga looking to counterin the early going, and he is having a little success.Two minutes in. Not the barnburner some expected just yet, but Dodson is the aggressor. Dodson working frequently to the body. Formiga looks comfortable eturning fire, but he has yet to score with a real significant shot. Formiga shoots in for a takedown, but Dodson sprawls and pulls away. Uppercut lands for Dodson. Final minute. Formiga shoots again but can't get the takedown. Formiga landing an occasional right hand as the crowd lets the fighters know they want more engaging. Clash of heads in the final seconds, and the frame ends. Close round, but MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward Dodson. Formiga had some crisp rights and made a case for it.
Round 2 - Formiga does seem like he's sitting down well on his punches. He tries to wrap the body after he slips a flurry, but Dodson is too quick and backs away. Crowd again boos the action. Low kick from Dodson. Formiga does land another right. Right hand again for Formiga. Dodson has slowed his attack, but he does score a left. Shots traded in the pocket. Halfway mark, and Dodson's combinations are coming up short. Crowd really hating this fight. Formiga shoots again but can't get a real attempt. Dodson left drops Formiga. He follows to flurry, but he doesn't want to go into his opponent's guard, so he can't hold him down. Formiga stands and looks to recover. Dodson with a glancing left hand. Final minute. Formiga holding the center, but he hits the deck again with another crisp left. This time Dodson pounces with big shots, and Formiga is hurt and done. Fight over, and it's a backflip off the cage for Dodson, who will now challenge champ Demterious Jonson. John Dodson def. Jussier Formiga via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:35.