Round 1: Elliott comes out spinning and kicking, throwing jumping knees. A scramble, but Elliott can’t get Dodson to the mat, however, lands a couple good punches on the break. Dodson drives in with a knee to the body and lands a couple good punches, gets Elliott to the mat briefly, then lands another knee as Elliott returns to his feet. Good dodging and countering by Dodson. Dodson seems to have acclimated to Elliott’s wild attack, and is now countering nearly every move with quick, strong combinations. He catches Elliott’s kick and plans him on the mat. Elliott tries for an armbar, but Dodson deftly escapes and returns the fight to the feet. Dodson launches a high flying knee that doesn’t land, but finds a home for a left hook as he lands. Elliott takes an inadvertent finger to the eye, which halts the action while the doctor checks Elliott’s eye. Elliott shakes it off, tells the doc he’s okay, and the fight restarts. He comes out a house of fire, but eats some hard punches from Dodson, followed by a knee to the body. He’s wobbled, but keeps coming until the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Dodson.
(Elliott’s left eye swells up between rounds. It’s nearly closed as round two starts.)
Round 2: Elliott summersaults away from Dodson then cartwheels into him, trying to kick as he does so. Dodson evades the tactic and lands some hard punches, but Elliott fires back, rocking Dodson. He recover quickly, landing another hard knee. Eliott swinging, but slowing a bit. Dodson is still maintaining his composure, getting his jab going, staying focused on countering Elliott’s wild attacks. Dodson lands a harsh left-right, but Elliott doesn’t have any give in him. He keeps moving forward, head down, winging away. Dodson is picking at him with punch combinations, and sneaking in the occasional knee. Elliott chases Dodson down, but Dodson evades his grasp, rolling away at one point. Amazing athleticism by the flyweights. Elliott takes an accidental low blow, but stops only briefly before continuing the fight. They pick it back up and Dodson scoops and slams Elliott to the mat. They’re right back to their feet, Elliott landing a couple good knees to the body of Dodson as the round closes. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Dodson.
Round 3: Elliott has his best moment of the fight as the round opens, landing a solid combination, and follows with some harsh knees from the Thai clinch. Dodson is quickly back at it, however, countering Elliott, landing punch combinations nearly at will. Dodson not landing as heavily with his punches in this round after telling his corner between rounds that he thinks his hand is broken. Elliott doing well, pressing Dodson. He catches a kick, but can’t get Dodson to the mat. Dodson slips away and lands the right hand several times and follows with a left knee to the body. Dodson’s left hand is all but nonexistant at this point. He eats a hard combination from Elliott. Dodson launches a kick, but Elliott catches it and unleashes more punches. Dodson’s injured left hand is clearly throwing him off. Elliott catches another kick and lands more punches. They separate and trade a few more punches, and Dodson launches a jumping knee as the horn sounds. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for Elliott.
John Dodson def. Tim Elliott by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3