John Dodson
The Magician


Released from promotion
September 18, 2020
Dodson was released by the UFC on Friday, reports.
Dodson is coming off a loss to Merab Dvashili via unanimous decision at UFC 252 in August, but his release from the promotion is still surprising. The 35-year-old signed a five-fight contract with the promotion in June but will now seek other opportunities going forward. Dodson was once one of the best flyweights in the world, but he's been less effective since moving to the bantamweight division. He'll engage in discussions with multiple promotions before determining his next destination.
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Can't find range at UFC 252
August 15, 2020
Dodson lost to Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Dodson did a reasonably good job of stopping Dvalishvili's takedown attempts and was still run out of the building. Facing an opponent who appeared to be twice his size, Dodson had no answers for the constant pressure of Dvalishvili. He did manage to land a couple counter strikes here and there, but for the most part, Dodson's offense was one-and-done. Dodson was one of the best flyweights in the world for years, but his power-punching style is less effective at 135 pounds. Dodson has enough natural ability to remain competitive at bantamweight, but it's not realistic to expect him to compete against the best the division has to offer. Dodson will be turning 36 years old in late September.
Books fight with Dvalishvili
July 15, 2020
Dodson (21-11-0) is scheduled to face Merab Dvalishvili (11-4-0) in a bantamweight fight Aug. 15 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nolan King, Farah Hannoun and John Morgan of USA Today report.
After beginning his career in the flyweight division, Dodson has had mixed results since moving up to the 135-pound ranks for his last eight fights, posting a 4-4 record. He'll at least head to Las Vegas with some momentum, as he rebounded from back-to-back losses to Jimmie Rivera and Petr Yan with a third-round TKO win over Nathaniel Wood at UFC Rio Rancho back in February.
Signs five-fight deal with UFC
June 17, 2020
Dodson will remain with the UFC after inking a five-fight deal with the promotion Wednesday, reports.
Dodson took care of business against Nathaniel Wood via TKO (punches) at UFC Rio Rancho in February, potentially turning the tide in his favor in terms of securing a new deal. Now that he's under contract, Dodson should begin negotiations toward another bout.
Dispatches The Prospect in Rio Rancho
February 15, 2020
Dodson defeated Nathaniel Wood via TKO (punches) at 0:16 of Round 3 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
Dodson let Wood get the best of him through the first two frames, with Wood winning the striking battle in each and even recording a takedown in the first round. The second round was more of the same, but Dodson was rightfully upset after Wood landed multiple low blows within close vicinity of each other. Wood was deducted a point and the two finished the second frame swinging. That point ultimately didn't matter, as Dodson was able to land a heavy counter left early in the third that began the fight-ended sequence. Dodson proceeded to charge The Prospect across the cage and eventually got him down, and Wood was in cover-up mode from there. Dodson entered this matchup as a (+140) underdog, but showed here that experience is greater than hype.
Set to face Nathaniel Wood
December 19, 2019
Dodson (20-11-0) will face Nathaniel Wood (16-3-0) in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
Dodson has gone 3-5 in his last eight fights after losing to Petr Yan via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 145 in February. Part of his struggles have stemmed from a lack of necessary speed and strength to defeat the top fighters in the bantamweight division. He'll face a tough test in Wood, who has won each of his first three UFC fights via submission, most recently taking down Jose Quinonez with a rear-naked choke at UFC London in March. Wood is emerging as a threat in the bantamweight division as a result of his efficient striking and takedowns, although Dodson has shown to be effective in his defense in the past. Wood has slight height and reach advantages heading into the fight.