John Dodson Returns to Bantamweight; Eyeing December or January Debut

Written by @NickRiznerMMA

John ‘The Magician’ Dodson is a flyweight no more.

As reported by Ariel Helwani of UFC Tonight, Dodson will be returning to the bantamweight division and eyeing a run at the title.

The long time flyweight made his UFC debut at 135 pounds back in December of 2011. As a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 14, Dodson tore through the competition, winning three out of his four fights via knockout. Most notably, perhaps, is his ‘Knockout of the Night’ worthy, 1st round finish of current bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw, in the tournament finale.

Following his TUF Championship, John Dodson dropped to flyweight, where he has remained since May of 2012. His run included a 5-2 record with three knockouts and both losses coming to long-time champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson.

At 5’3″, Dodson will be on the smaller side of the bantamweight roster, but not significantly, as Dillashaw only holds a two inch reach advantage over The Magician.

Apparently, the move had much to do with the recent IV ban, as Dodson’s coaches believe this provides him with a more even playing field in the larger weight class. Both Dodson and his coaches fully believe that he is capable of making a run at the title, and are eyeing a December or January bantamweight debut.

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