Former UFC flyweight title challenger John Dodson (21-12) was released from the UFC as of last night. MMAFighting’s Damon Martin was the first to report the news.
Surprising news to report:
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) September 19, 2020
The news was later confirmed by Dodson’s manager Ricky Kottenstette, who released a statement.
Kottenstette said, “We are excited to see what other offers are out there for John. John is 100% comitted to his fight career and he’s not diminished in his skillset whatsoever.” He then added.
“John has fought the absolute best in the world in two weight classes and he’s still more than ready to face elite competition. We look forward to talking to any and all promotions to find John the best home for his future.”
After his latest loss at the hands of Merab Dvalishvili, Dodson had lost three of his last four fights. Dodson is a former TUF winner, he won the 14th edition of the show after knocking out future champion TJ Dillashaw in the first round. Dodson’s beginnings in the UFC were bright.
He went on five fights winning streak to earn himself a title shot but lost to Demitrious Johnson by unanimous decision. He followed it up with three fights winning streak but Johnson stood once more on his path to UFC glory. He was then forced to move up to the bantamweight division, where Dodson has been unable to win two fights in a row. We can reasonably expect Bellator to find an interest in the former UFC title challenger.
Dodson has yet to officially comment on his release.