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John Dodson Scouting Report

John Dodson Scouting Report

john dodson scouting report

(Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sport)

John Dodson Scouting Report


5’3″ 135 lbs (Bantamweight)
66″ reach, Southpaw
September 26, 1984


20-10 (UFC: 10-5)

Current Streak

2 straight losses


Black belt in Gaidojutsu

Championships Held

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Bantamweight Tournament winner


– extremely fast
– very quick & explosive strikes (punches, kicks, knees)
– above average reach
– very well coached – Jackson’s MMA
– powerful puncher with heavy hands – perhaps heaviest among lighter weight fighters
– lands a very high rate of strikes per minute
– decent striking defense
– great takedown defense
– great balance
– very athletic (despite his height apparently can dunk a basketball)
– good gas tank
– solid chin


– extremely inaccurate striker
– poor takedown accuracy
– hasn’t shown any real ground game in the UFC
– has come up short every time he’s fought for the title
– undersized for bantamweight class
– getting up there in years
– in a slump – two wins in past six fights


The Magician has the blazing speed and heavy hands that could have made him the king of the 125-pounders.  With that not panning out, it’s back to 135.

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