John Dodson will return to action at UFC 187. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
John Dodson will return to the Octagon after nearly a year out of action against Zach Makovsky at UFC 187 “Jones vs. Johnson” on May 23.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced the flyweight contest during the UFC Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Mir” pre-fight show on Fox Sports 1. The pay-per-view card emanates from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features a 205-pound title bout between reigning champ Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson.
Dodson, 30, has been on the shelf recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus as well as his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). “The Magician” bounced back from a unanimous decision loss against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Fox 6 by finishing both Darrell Montague and John Moraga in his last two outings.
Makovsky, 32, was most recently in action against Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Thatch,” earning his third UFC win via unanimous decision. The former Bellator MMA champion has only lost once since joining the Las Vegas-based promotion, dropping a three-round verdict to Jussier da Silva.