>> Sunday, April 17, 2016
John Dodson returned to the bantamweight division last night after number one pound for pound fighter and Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson kicked him out of the division. He defeated Manny Gamburyan by a vicious knockout 47 seconds into the first round. Dodson is one of the few men in the lower weight classes with that tremendous power, and he showcased it last night. The man is motivated to start over again in a different division and he is motivated! Check out the video below!
Dodson back at Bantamweight is exciting. That is 10 less pounds to cut which is much healthier for him, and a step forward in the right direction for the sport in my opinion by setting a good example of cutting less weight. Now "The Magician" is able to compete in some pretty exciting and or fresh match ups against tough fighters such as champion Cruz, legend/ veteran Faber, contender Assuncao, rising stars Almeida/ Sterling/ Garbrandt, and a rematch with former champ Dillashaw who he actually beat via first round knockout at the TUF 14 Finale. In this division he will probably be at somewhat of a size disadvantage, but he will have to make up with that by being a much more technical and showcasing his skill. Dodson was arguably one of the fastest at Flyweight which says a lot about just how quick he is, and he definitely will hold a speed advantage over most Bantamweights and one more thing is that his POWER is certainly beyond any other Bantamweight. In my personal opinion he reminds me of a mini Mike Tyson when you want to think about how he is short for his weight class, but has that incredible mix of chin crumbling power and blinding speed. On top of that look at his physique and it appears somewhat similar. Now if he can mix his technical prowess in he can be a tremendous force in the division.
It it somewhat unfortunate that during his entire time at Flyweight we never got to see him fight Benavidez or Horiguchi to see who was the true #2 at Flyweight behind the one and only Demetrious Johnson. Who would you like to see him fight in his next fight?