John Dodson (fighter)

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John Dodson
BornJohn Thomas Dodson III
(1984-09-26) September 26, 1984 (age 29)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Other namesThe Magician
ResidenceAlbuquerque, New Mexico
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFlyweight
Bantamweight
Reach66.0 in (168 cm)[1]
StyleKickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling, Gaidojutsu
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico
TeamJackson's MMA
RankBlack Belt in Gaidojutsu[2]
Years active2002–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total22
Wins16
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision6
Losses6
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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John Dodson
BornJohn Thomas Dodson III
(1984-09-26) September 26, 1984 (age 29)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Other namesThe Magician
ResidenceAlbuquerque, New Mexico
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFlyweight
Bantamweight
Reach66.0 in (168 cm)[1]
StyleKickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling, Gaidojutsu
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico
TeamJackson's MMA
RankBlack Belt in Gaidojutsu[2]
Years active2002–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total22
Wins16
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision6
Losses6
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

John Thomas Dodson III (born September 26, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2004, Dodson has made a name for himself fighting mainly in the Southwest region. He was the winner of the Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. As of January 17, 2014, he is #1 in official UFC flyweight rankings[3] and ranked the #3 flyweight in the world by Sherdog.[4]

Early life[edit]

Dodson was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He grew up in Albuquerque and later moved to Edgewood, New Mexico with his family. He attended Moriarty High School in Moriarty, New Mexico.[5] Dodson is half African-American, half Filipino American.[6] While attending Moriarty, Dodson competed in track, football and wrestling. In wrestling Dodson was a two-time state champion, one time state runner-up and four time district champion.[7] Dodson graduated from high school in 2003, and then enrolled at the University of New Mexico while working at a local Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant.[5][7][8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Dodson began training MMA in 2002 after Chris Luttrell, and Greg Jackson recruited him for his extensive wrestling background. After the first day of training he "fell in love with the sport" and continued to train daily with Jackson.[7]

Dodson competed in a Grappler’s Quest and won in the beginner level. Four months later he did another submission tournament, winning that at the intermediate level. Six months later Dodson competed in his first amateur fight. He competed in one other amateur bout before turning pro.[7] Dodson was offered to make his debut in Japan against the number one ranked flyweight in the world, Yasuhiro Urushitani.[7] Dodson lost the fight via a controversial decision.[9]

With the lack of fights materializing at flyweight, Dodson began taking fights at featherweight and bantamweight as well. He obtained a 3–2 record before taking a fight against future WEC fighter, Clint Godfrey, winning the fight via decision. With the win over Godfrey, Dodson was selected to be a part of the second season of the Tapout Reality show.[10]

Despite having a 1–1 record under the Ultimate Warrior Challenge promotion, he was awarded shot at the vacant UWC flyweight title at UWC 7. Dodson was defeated by Pat Runez in a highly controversial five round decision. At UWC 8, Dodson defeated previously unbeaten Jesse Riggleman via unanimous decision.

Dodson was expected to fight at Tachi Palace Fights 9 against Alexis Vila.[11] However, Vila suffered an injury and was forced to pull out of the bout. Vila was replaced by former Shooto champion Mamoru Yamaguchi.[12] Dodson then pulled out of the fight for unknown reasons, and was replaced by Kevin Dunsmoor.[13]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2011, Dodson had signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. In the first episode, Dodson fought Brandon Merkt to gain entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. Dodson defeated Merkt in the first round via TKO.

Dodson was selected as a part of Team Mayhem, he was the first bantamweight chosen for the team (fourth overall). Dodson defeated John Albert via unanimous decision in the preliminary round and moved onto the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals Dodson was selected to fight Team Mayhem teammate, Johnny Bedford. After a close first round, Dodson won the fight via KO in the first minute of the second round. The win moved Dodson into the finals. The impressive finish also won Dodson an additional $25,000 for the fan voted "Knockout of the Season".

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Dodson made his UFC debut on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale against T.J. Dillashaw to determine the bantamweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14. Dodson won the fight via TKO in the first round to become the first Bantamweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter competition. He received an additional $40,000 for winning Knockout of the Night honors.

For his next fight, Dodson moved back down to the flyweight division and was expected to face Darren Uyenoyama on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[14] However, Uyenoyama was forced out of the bout, and was replaced by promotional newcomer Tim Elliott.[15] Dodson defeated Elliott by unanimous decision, generating crowd booing.

Dodson faced promotional newcomer Jussier Formiga on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[16] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Dodson faced UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6,[17] becoming the first Ultimate Fighter alumnus to fight for a title post-season 5. Despite knocking Johnson down twice in the second round, Dodson lost the fight via unanimous decision in a bout that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.

Dodson faced promotional newcomer Darrell Montague on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[18] He won via knockout at 4:13 of the first round. The win also earned him his second Knockout of the Night award.[19]

Dodson was expected to face Scott Jorgensen on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9, replacing Ian McCall.[20] However, Dodson himself was forced from the bout after sustaining a knee injury.[21] Jorgensen instead faced promotional newcomer Zach Makovsky.[22]

A rematch with John Moraga took place on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42.[23] Dodson won the fight via TKO due to a doctor stoppage between rounds two and three after a knee he threw late in the second round broke Moraga's nose.

Championships & accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win16–6John MoragaTKO (doctor stoppage)UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. KhabilovJune 7, 201425:00Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win15–6Darrell MontagueKO (punch)UFC 166October 19, 201314:13Houston, Texas, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Loss14–6Demetrious JohnsonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. DodsonJanuary 26, 201355:00Chicago, Illinois, United StatesFor the UFC Flyweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win14–5Jussier FormigaTKO (punches)UFC on FX: Browne vs. BigfootOctober 5, 201224:35Minneapolis, Minnesota, United StatesUFC Flyweight title eliminator.
Win13–5Tim ElliottDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. MillerMay 5, 201235:00East Rutherford, New Jersey, United StatesReturn to Flyweight.
Win12–5TJ DillashawTKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter 14 FinaleDecember 3, 201111:54Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon The Ultimate Fighter 14; Knockout of the Night; Bantamweight bout
Win11–5John MoragaDecision (unanimous)Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global InvasionDecember 11, 201035:00Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Win10–5Jessie RigglemanDecision (unanimous)Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8May 22, 201035:00Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss9–5Pat RunezDecision (split)Ultimate Warrior Challenge 7October 3, 200955:00Fairfax, Virginia, United StatesFor UWC Flyweight Championship
Win9–4Jose LujanTKO (punches)Duke City MMA Series 2July 25, 200910:52Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win8–4Jose VillariscoDecision (unanimous)Ultimate Warrior Challenge 5February 21, 200935:00Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss7–4Mike EastonDecision (split)Ultimate Warrior Challenge 4October 11, 200835:00Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win7–3Vern BacaTKO (punches)Battlequest 8April 11, 200813:42Denver, Colorado, United States
Win6–3Zac WhiteSubmission (rear-naked choke)Last Man Standing 2December 15, 200713:42Roswell, New Mexico, United States
Loss5–3Bill BolandDecision (unanimous)Ultimate Cage Wars 7April 7, 200735:00Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win5–2Jake LongTKO (slam & punches)Last Man Standing 1March 17, 20071N/ARoswell, New Mexico, United States
Win4–2Clint GodfreyDecision (unanimous)Ring of Fire 27December 9, 200635:00Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Loss3–2Joe DohertyDecision (unanimous)Ring of Fire 25July 29, 200635:00Vail, Colorado, United States
Win3–1Jared MorelandTKO (punches)Rumble in the Rockies 2February 18, 200612:55Loveland, Colorado, United States
Win2–1Johnny VelasquezDecision (split)King of the Cage: SocorroJuly 23, 200525:00Socorro, New Mexico, United States
Loss1–1Yasuhiro UrushitaniDecision (unanimous)Demolition 20November 14, 200425:00Tokyo, Japan
Win1–0Zac WhiteSubmission (rear-naked choke)Desert ExtremeSeptember 3, 200413:23Socorro, New Mexico, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Henderson vs. Khabilov". UFC.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "John Dodson". MMA Kanvas. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Sherdog.com. January 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "John Dodson Bio". 
  6. ^ Segura, Melissa (22 January 2013). "John Dodson overcame just about all of it so he could fight". Sports Illustrated (Time Inc.). Retrieved 21 August 2014. "The happiest fighter at Jackson/Winkeljohn's MMA is the one who grew up in a single-parent home in a neighborhood called War Zone, rejected his first offer to join a gang by the fourth grade, found himself with a rope around his neck, hogtied by teammates unsure of what to make of the half Black-half Filipino kid who arrived at their country school on the outskirts of Albuquerque." 
  7. ^ a b c d e John Fullilove. "John "The Magician" Dodson". 
  8. ^ "John Dodson – Myspace". 
  9. ^ "Sherdog Fightfinder". 
  10. ^ "TapOut Features Greg Jackson fighters John Dodson and Julie Kedzie". 
  11. ^ John Morgan. "Gerald Harris, John Dodson among targeted Tachi Palace Fights 9 additions". 
  12. ^ John Morgan. "Vila out at May's Tachi Palace Fights 9 event, Dodson now faces Shooto star Yamaguchi". 
  13. ^ Chris Nelson. "Dodson Out, Dunsmoor In Against Mamoru at Tachi Palace Fights 9". 
  14. ^ "Third Fox Event to Feature Lightweight War". 
  15. ^ "Tim Elliott replaces Darren Uyenoyama, meets John Dodson at UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ "John Dodson vs Jussier Da Dilva possible for UFC on FX 5". mmamania.com. July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson to headline UFC on FOX 6". bloodyelbow.com. November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ "John Dodson meets UFC newcomer Darrell Montague at UFC 166 in Houston". mmajunkie.com. August 10, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ Staff. "UFC 166 bonuses: Melendez, Sanchez, Dodson and Ferguson win $60,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  20. ^ Jason Floyd (2013-10-29). "With Ian McCall injured, Scott Jorgensen now meets John Dodson at UFC on FOX 9". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  21. ^ Chris Hall (2013-12-03). "John Dodson out of UFC on Fox 9 fight against Scott Jorgensen due to knee injury". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  22. ^ Ken Pishna (2013-12-04). "RFA Flyweight Champion Zach Makovsky Tapped to Face Scott Jorgensen at UFC on Fox 9". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  23. ^ Jesse Holland (2014-03-26). "John Dodson vs John Moraga on tap for UFC Fight Night event on June 7 in Albuquerque". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 

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