John Dodson (fighter)
John Thomas Dodson III (born September 26, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional mixed martial arts 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 and competed in Ultimate Fighting Championship were he was a two-time title challenger, competing most recently in the bantamweight division, and is a veteran of the promotion with 9 years of competition.
|Born||John Thomas Dodson III|
September 26, 1984
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
|Other names||The Magician|
|Residence||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Rank||Black belt in Gaidojutsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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. Dodson is half African-American, half Filipino. 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. 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.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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.
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. Dodson was offered to make his debut in Japan against the number one ranked flyweight in the world, Yasuhiro Urushitani. Dodson lost the fight via decision.
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.
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. However, Vila suffered an injury and was forced to pull out of the bout. Vila was replaced by former Shooto champion Mamoru Yamaguchi. Dodson then pulled out of the fight for unknown reasons, and was replaced by Kevin Dunsmoor.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
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 ChampionshipEdit
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. However, Uyenoyama was forced out of the bout, and was replaced by promotional newcomer Tim Elliott. Dodson defeated Elliott by unanimous decision, generating crowd booing.
Dodson faced UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6, 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. He won via knockout at 4:13 of the first round. The win also earned him his second Knockout of the Night award.
Dodson was expected to face Scott Jorgensen on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9, replacing Ian McCall. However, Dodson himself was forced from the bout after sustaining a knee injury. Jorgensen instead faced promotional newcomer Zach Makovsky.
A rematch with John Moraga took place on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42. 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.
Dodson faced John Lineker on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96. The bout took place at a catchweight of 136.5 lbs as Lineker missed weight. He lost the back and forth fight via split decision.
Dodson was expected to face Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night 125 on February 3, 2018. However, Munhoz missed weight by four pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight upper limit of 136 pounds, negotiations fell through, and the fight was cancelled. The fight was rescheduled to UFC 222 on March 3, 2018. Dodson won the bout via split decision.
Dodson's contract with UFC expired after the fight with Munhoz and after listening to offers from various companies, he re-signed a new four-fight with UFC.
On June 16, 2020, news surfaced that with one fight left on his prevailing contract, Dodson re-signed a five-fight deal with the UFC.
On September 18, 2020, it was announced that Dodson was released by UFC.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||21 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||21–12||Merab Dvalishvili||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 252||August 15, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–11||Nathaniel Wood||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2||February 15, 2020||3||0:16||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||20–11||Petr Yan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos||February 23, 2019||3||5:00||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Loss||20–10||Jimmie Rivera||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 228||September 8, 2018||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||20–9||Pedro Munhoz||Decision (split)||UFC 222||March 3, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||19–9||Marlon Moraes||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis||November 11, 2017||3||5:00||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Win||19–8||Eddie Wineland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov||April 22, 2017||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||18–8||John Lineker||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson||October 1, 2016||5||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States||Catchweight (136.5 lb) bout; Lineker missed weight.|
|Win||18–7||Manvel Gamburyan||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||April 16, 2016||1||0:37||Tampa, Florida, United States||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Loss||17–7||Demetrious Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 191||September 5, 2015||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||17–6||Zach Makovsky||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 187||May 23, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–6||John Moraga||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov||June 7, 2014||2||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||15–6||Darrell Montague||KO (punch)||UFC 166||October 19, 2013||1||4:13||Houston, Texas, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||14–6||Demetrious Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||5||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||For the UFC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||14–5||Jussier Formiga||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot||October 5, 2012||2||4:35||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States||UFC Flyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||13–5||Tim Elliott||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller||May 5, 2012||3||5:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||Return to Flyweight.|
|Win||12–5||T.J. Dillashaw||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale||December 3, 2011||1||1:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 14 Bantamweight tournament. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||11–5||John Moraga||Decision (unanimous)||Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global Invasion||December 11, 2010||3||5:00||Punta Cana, Dominican Republic|
|Win||10–5||Jessie Riggleman||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8||May 22, 2010||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||9–5||Pat Runez||Decision (split)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 7||October 3, 2009||5||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||For the UWC Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–4||Jose Lujan||TKO (punches)||Duke City MMA Series 2||July 25, 2009||1||0:52||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||8–4||Jose Villarisco||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 5||February 21, 2009||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||Flyweight bout.|
|Loss||7–4||Mike Easton||Decision (split)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 4||October 11, 2008||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||7–3||Vern Baca||TKO (punches)||Battlequest 8||April 11, 2008||1||3:42||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–3||Zac White||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Last Man Standing 2||December 15, 2007||1||3:42||Roswell, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Bill Boland||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Cage Wars 7||April 7, 2007||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||5–2||Jake Long||TKO (slam and punches)||Last Man Standing 1||March 17, 2007||1||N/A||Roswell, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||4–2||Clint Godfrey||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Fire 27||December 9, 2006||3||5:00||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Joe Doherty||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Fire 25||July 29, 2006||3||5:00||Vail, Colorado, United States||Won the Ring of Fire Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||3–1||Jared Moreland||TKO (punches)||Rumble in the Rockies 2||February 18, 2006||1||2:55||Loveland, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–1||Johnny Velasquez||Decision (split)||KOTC: Socorro||July 23, 2005||2||5:00||Socorro, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Yasuhiro Urushitani||Decision (unanimous)||Demolition 041114||November 14, 2004||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Flyweight bout.|
|Win||1–0||Zac White||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Desert Extreme||September 3, 2004||1||3:23||Socorro, New Mexico, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|Win||3–0||Johnny Bedford||KO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||November 30, 2011 (airdate)||2||1:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semi-finals.|
|Win||2–0||John Albert||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||October 26, 2011 (airdate)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Quarter-finals.|
|Win||1–0||Brandon Merkt||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||September 21, 2011 (airdate)||1||1:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary bout.|
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