John Dodson moving up to bantamweight division

John Dodson has found himself in a weird spot in the UFC. With only two losses since 2009, Dodson is widely regarded as one of the top flyweights in mixed martial arts.

Unfortunately for the Jackson-Winklejohn fighter, those two losses have come at the hands of current UFC champion Demetrious Johnson.

With two losses to the current champ, it would be a long road back to a title shot for the 125-pound challenger.

As a result, he has decided to switch weight classes.

Dodson’s manager announced late Thursday night on “UFC Tonight” that he will be moving back up to the bantamweight division where he began his UFC career. Interestingly enough, Dodson’s UFC debut was a bantamweight win over current champion TJ Dillashaw. The bout was for the season 14 crown of The Ultimate Fighter.

A big part of Dodson’s decision to move back to bantamweight is the recent ban on IV’s which allow fighters to rehydrate after vigorous weight cuts.

Plus, Dodson has wanted a rematch with Dillashaw for years, so that could finally become a reality if he is able to put together a winning streak at 135-pounds.

There is currently no date for Dodson’s return to the Octagon, but it will be refreshing to see new life back in the bantamweight title picture when he does book his next bout.

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