John Dodson Wins RIZIN Debut By knocking Out Hideo Tokoro in Round One

John Dodson Looked Phenomenal Against Hideo Tokoro In His RIZIN Debut.

John Dodson
John Dodson (Left)(Image via Instagram @JohnDodsonMMA) and Dodson winning his RIZIN debut (Right)(Image via Twitter @Marcus_MMAandPW)

John Dodson made a statement in his RIZIN debut. 

‘The Magician’ started his newest MMA venture with a first-round knockout. Dodson signed a multi-fight deal with RIZIN and made his promotional debut at RIZIN 40. The 38-year-old made his presence felt immediately by walking out in a ninja turtle costume. The English RIZIN Twitter account posted the video with the caption:

“He definitely lived up to his word… @JohnDodsonMMA makes his RIZIN debut NOW!”

In his promotional debut, Dodson took on MMA veteran Hideo Tokoro, who holds a record of 35-32-2. ‘The Magician’ was aware that he doesn’t get paid by the hour. The former UFC fighter went after Tokoro and finished the fight with a first-round finish. An MMA fan posted the highlight on Twitter with the caption:

“Former UFC fighter and Flyweight title challenger John Dodson looked awesome in his Rizin debut as he knocked Hideo Tokoro out cold. What a finish! #Rizin40”

Watch John Dodson finish Hideo Tokoro in his promotional debut at RIZIN 40 below:

John Dodson continues to find success outside of the UFC

John Dodson’s promotional debut win couldn’t have come at a better time. RIZIN 40 was the precursor to Bellator vs. RIZIN, which made a connection with North American and Japanese audiences. Therefore, Dodson’s first-round finish was seen by a wider audience than his last few fights. 

‘The Magician’ parted ways with the UFC after losing to Merab Dvalishvili in October 2020. Since then, the 38-year-old lost his first XMMA fight and then picked up a win before signing with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. He made his bare-knuckle debut against Ryan Benoit in August, which ended with a knockout win in 40 seconds. 

Although Dodson found success with BKFC, he still has an itch for MMA competition, leading to him signing a multi-fight deal with RIZIN. The former UFC title challenger remains signed with BKFC and plans to compete in both organizations. 

Dodson made his pro-MMA debut in 2004. He has scratched and clawed his way to a 23-13 record, including a 10-7 UFC record. The 38-year-old is doing what few fighters can – finding success after parting ways with the UFC.

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