John Dodson
The Magician


Speed not enough in loss
February 23, 2019
Dodson lost to Petr Yan via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
Dodson was willing to accept Yan's pressure throughout the course of the fight, attempting to find angles and blitz forward with strikes. While he was able to drop Yan with a counter shot in Round 2, he simply wasn't faster than Yan by a margin that could make his game work, resulting in "The Magician" eating hard shots along the fence line. Dodson was once a perennial contender at flyweight but may not have the speed nor strength necessary to beat the top contenders at bantamweight. He has now lost three of his last four fights and holds a 20-11 record in professional MMA.
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Booked for Fight Night 145
January 10, 2019
Dodson will take on Petr Yan in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 145 on Feb. 23 in Prague, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
It's been an up-and-down past couple of years for Dodson, who has gone 3-4 in his last seven fights. Most recently, Dodson dropped a fight to Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision at UFC 228 in September. He'll now have to go up against one of the UFC's hottest fighters in the 25-year-old Yan, who has won all three of his UFC fights and boasts an 11-1 record overall.
Struggles with distance and drops decision at UFC 228
September 8, 2018
Dodson lost to Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
Dodson came out with his usual strategy. He stayed on the outside and circled away on his bicycle. However, he was unable to close the distance and effectively land strikes. When he did close the distance, Rivera scored with hooks and leg kicks. Dodson appeared to be back on track with a victory over Pedro Munhoz in his previous fight. However, now he will have to regroup once again.
Books first fight of new UFC deal
June 17, 2018
Dodson will take on Jimmie Rivera in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 228 on Sept. 8, reports.
Fresh off a new contract, Dodson is looking to put together his first winning streak since 2015 after alternating wins and losses in his last six bouts. He most recently edged out Pedro Munhoz via split decision in a fight where he barely won the striking battle by seven significant strikes, and also conceded a rare takedown to Munhoz. A former flyweight title contender, Dodson's measurements line up fine in the bantamweight division, though he will be conceding slight height and reach disadvantages to Rivera. Rivera was most recently billed as a top contender in the 135-pound division, but now needs to start a new winning streak after getting knocked out in 33 seconds by Marlon Moraes back on June 1. Dodson holds slight advantages over Rivera in both striking accuracy and striking defense, though he seems like a candidate to enter as slight betting underdog, with many of those numbers accumulated while fighting at 125 pounds.
Re-signs with UFC
May 16, 2018
Dodson has re-signed with the UFC on a four-fight contract, Ariel Helwani of reports.
Dodson's previous contract came to a close in March after his split-decision victory over Pedro Munhoz, in which he absorbed multiple low blows but was able to secure the victory by landing cleaner and harder punches throughout the bout. His next fight isn't set, but Dodson would reportedly prefer to return to action around August. The 33-year-old owns a 9-4 record in UFC.
Enters free agency with win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 222
March 3, 2018
Dodson defeated Pedro Munhoz via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 222 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Dodson looked strong in a fight in which he absorbed multiple low blows, one of which was a violent kick to the groin area. Dodson landed the cleaner, harder punches throughout the contest despite the fact he only held a modest edge (76-73) in total strikes. It was reported by's Ariel Helwani that this was the last fight on Dodson's current UFC contract and it will be interesting to see where The Magician goes from here. It wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see Bellator throw a boatload of cash at the former two-time title challenger.