John Dodson is ready for a fresh start at 135 pounds.
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.
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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.