Former Flyweight Title Challenger John Dodson to Return to Bantamweight

By Mike Sloan Oct 8, 2015

It’s likely not a case of John Dodson not being able to handle the heat and that’s why he’s leaving the kitchen, but the former flyweight title challenger has decided to move from the 125-pound division up to bantamweight. The decision was revealed on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on Fox Sports 1.

The move up in weight is an intriguing one as current champion T.J. Dillashaw has already felt the wrath of Dodson’s power. When the two were combatants on Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Dodson knocked out Dillashaw with punches early in the first round.

Dodson quickly moved down to flyweight, where he dominated everybody except reigning champion and pound-for-pound entrant Demetrious Johnson. It was reported that Dodson can still make the flyweight limit but it’s a grueling task and that with the new USADA-mandated rules in which IV rehydration is banned, the competition has become more fair.

When the news broke on “UFC Tonight,” it was reported that Dodson would like to fight in either December or January. Aside from losing via decision to rival “Mighty Mouse” twice since winning TUF 14, Dodson had gone 5-0 at flyweight, with three of his wins coming via knockout.


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