Former title challenger Dodson moving up to bantamweight division

BY Damon Martin • October 8, 2015

Former flyweight title challenger John Dodson will be moving up to bantamweight for his next fight and the future as he begins pursuit of a new gold belt in the UFC.

Dodson recently challenged flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 191, but came out on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. The defeat marked his second loss to the long reigning king at 125 pounds.

According to Dodson's manager via "UFC Tonight," the Team Jackson/Winkeljohn fighter has decided to move back up to 135 pounds for his next bout in the promotion.

Dodson previously fought at bantamweight while he was competing on "The Ultimate Fighter." He won the competition with a TKO victory over future champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Now, because of the new UFC drug testing program where fighters are required to undergo rigorous testing as well as a ban on IV's to rehydrate after a weight cut, Dodson believes a move up to bantamweight is best for his career.

Dodson has talked about a rematch with Dillashaw ever since he won the bantamweight title in 2014. If he's moving up to 135 pounds the matchup could become a reality.

There's no word yet on when Dodson will book his next fight, but it looks like the bantamweight division just added a new contender. 

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