Ian McCall injury gives John Dodson big opportunityPosted: October 30, 2013
The recent history of TUF has produced very few contenders. As in one. That would be John Dodson.
Dodson won TUF in its inaugural bantamweight season then promtly dropped to flyweight upon entering the UFC. Since then, he’s lost to only one man – the UFC champion, Demetrious Johnson.
Dodson is only one fight removed from that title shot and knocked out Darrell Montague in his most recent fight. Buried in his win column is also the man who fought Johnson last – John Moraga.
With an injury to former contender Ian McCall, Dodson will welcome former bantamweight Scott Jorgensen to the flyweight division on Dec. 14. This is an interesting match-up. Jorgensen was once a title contender in the WEC and has been given some big fights in the UFC. He has fought former number one contenders Eddie Wineland and Urijah Faber, as well as current interim champ Renan Barao. Of course he lost all three fights which has prompted his drop in weight class.
Both Dodson and Jorgensen posses great power. Jorgensen will have a huge size advantage while Dodson is by far the quicker man and a better athlete. The fight will then likely be decided in one ofthese areas and how they adjust to one another.
This will be a test for Dodson. If he has the makings of a future champion, this is a fight he needs to win. If he does, he may get that shot sooner rather than later.