John
Dodson
18-6-0( W-L-D )
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Fight of the Night / 2 Knockout of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 7 fights.
Record: 18-6-0
Summary: Speed, fast hands and feet, explosive

Fighter Info

Nickname: The Magician
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Age: 30
Height: 5' 3" ( 160 cm )
Weight: 125 lb ( 56 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
743
35% Successful
263
Types of Successful Strikes
0
263
78% Standing
15%
204
40
19
Striking Defense
61
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
15
40% Successful
6
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
0
1
0
Takedown Defense
89
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
UPCOMING
John Dodson
Sep 5, 2015
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Win
John Dodson
May 23, 2015
31
37
2
0
0
0
1
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
John Dodson
UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Khabilov
Jun 7, 2014
27
8
1
0
0
0
0
0
R2 TKO - Doctor's Stoppage
Win
John Dodson
Oct 19, 2013
28
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Knockout of the Night
John Dodson
Jan 26, 2013
127
57
5
1
0
0
0
0
R5 Decision - Unanimous
Fight of the Night
Win
John Dodson
Oct 5, 2012
33
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
R2 KO/TKO
Win
John Dodson
May 5, 2012
80
79
2
0
0
0
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
John Dodson
Dec 3, 2011
2
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Knockout of the Night

Biography

As improbable as it sounds, John Dodson’s MMA career was born at Chuck E. Cheese in Albuquerque, N.M.

That’s where Dodson was working in 2002 when he was persuaded by MMA coach Chris Luttrell to transform his exceptional wrestling skills into a possible fighting career.
 
As Dodson says, “The rest of the story is what you see now.”
 
Dodson is one of the quickest, most explosive fighters in the UFC’s flyweight division. He’s the No. 1 contender to champion Demetrious Johnson, who is the only fighter to beat him in the UFC.
 
Dodson, who has also fought in the featherweight and bantamweight classes, holds a victory over current UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. His first-round TKO over Dillashaw in December 2011 earned Dodson the Ultimate Fighter 14 bantamweight title.
 
Dodson climbed quickly through the flyweight ranks, defeating Timothy Elliott and Jussier Formiga in 2012 to earn a shot at Johnson, who was defending his belt for the first time. In January 2013 at UFC on FOX, Dodson knocked down Johnson twice in the early rounds before “Mighty Mouse” took control and won a unanimous five-round decision.
 
Dodson (18-6, 6-1 in the UFC) bounced back with consecutive wins over Darrell Montague, John Moraga and Zach Makovsky to solidify his spot as the top contender to Johnson’s crown. His 18 victories include nine knockouts and two submissions.
 
Dodson was a two-time state wrestling champion at Moriarty High School in New Mexico. He also competed in football and track.
 
One thing Dodson doesn’t lack is confidence. He has talked about holding UFC belts in three weight classes – flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight – at the same time and considers himself the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.
 
“I’m the greatest fighter in the UFC,” he told UFC.com. “I should be the No. 1 guy in the world pound for pound, and that’s how I look at it in my own eyes.”

 

TRAINING: Wake up, poop, eat, train, drill, poop, eat, train harder, poop, eat, watch film, sleep and do it all over again.

Thoughts on opponent, Demetrious Johnson? Demetrious Johnson is afraid of what's coming. I’m ready for a five-round war and I don't know if he is gonna be ready for the pace I'm gonna set on Sept 5th. I hope he thinks he's gonna take me down because I know I'm gonna knock him OUT.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in '02. I was working at Chuck E. Cheese at the time and just so happened that I was the birthday host for Chris Luttrell’s son’s birthday. Some of the guys that were there knew me from wrestling and asked where I was planning to go after high school and wrestle. I told them nowhere and then that’s when they invited me to Jackson’s. The rest of the story is what you see now.

What ranks and titles have you held? TUF 14 winner

Do you have any heroes? My hero is my mother. She raised my brother and I to be the men that we are today. Strong, independent, and will never give up on our dreams.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's means a lot to me to fight in the UFC. I could be the best at flyweight in the world, but no one will know my name. I'm trying to have my name written in the stars and not washed away in the sands. Being in the UFC will help me with that.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to the University of New Mexico and studied Criminology. I haven't got my degree yet.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a Server at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen and instructor at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA gym.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Won tons of Grappler Quests back in the day, was a state champion wrestler in high school, went undefeated as amateur in MMA

Favorite grappling technique: Chokes - it doesn't matter what kind, I like them all.

Favorite striking technique: Jumping head kick

• Team Miller member on TUF 14

• Pro since 2004

• Nine wins by KO, two by submission (2 RNC)

• Faced UFC vet Mike Easton in 2008 bout (lost split decision) and defeated John Moraga in non-UFC bout in 2010

• Has won nine of his last ten, and three straight

Career

Trained With

Cub Swanson
Cub Swanson
21-7-0
( W-L-D )
Brian Stann
Brian Stann
12-6-0
( W-L-D )

Key Opponents

Mike Easton
Mike Easton
13-5-0
( W-L-D )
TJ Dillashaw
TJ Dillashaw
13-2-0
( W-L-D )

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