Often called one of the hardest hitters in MMA, John Dodson is possibly the most popular flyweight in the division. With his energy, ability, and personality, Dodson has the whole package. Making a name for himself has been relatively easy for the fighter, though, one thing has eluded him thus far.
When Dodson knocked out now bantamweight champion, TJ Dillshaw, to win The Ultimate Fighter Season 14, he made immediate plans to drop 10 pounds and start a title run at 125 pounds. Many thought the fighter, who stated that he planned on being the first 3-division MMA champion, had a shot at becoming flyweight champion. In 2012 he defeated former #1 flyweight, Jussier Formiga, and had a date set to fight Demetrious Johnson for the title.
In a spirited 5 round fight, Dodson dropped a decision to Johnson, though there was nothing to be ashamed of. The fight between Dodson and Johnson was dubbed fight of the night and was extremely close. Dodson even managed to drop the champion on 3 separate occasions in the 25 minute fight, but, aside from those moments, he was dominated by the speed, wrestling, and clinch work of the champ.
Dodson’s only loss since 2009 came from Demetrious Johnson, an amazing feat in its own right and since losing to Johnson he knocked out Darrell Montague in the first round. He was scheduled to fight Scott Jorgensen, though he was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury.
Now, healed, healthy, and ready for action, Dodson will take on John Moraga, a former title challenger and a fighter who is currently ranked #5 in the division. With a win over Moraga, and a current #1 ranking in the division, there wouldn’t be much more Dodson had to do to earn a second title shot against the champion. He is one of the most athletic fighters in the world, not just his division, and has made knocking opponents out look easy. A second fight with Johnson could be even more competitive than the first and, with one or two more wins, Dodson will find himself in across the cage from the champion sooner than even he might realize.
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