UFC flyweight John Dodson’s nickname may be “The Magician” but he can’t seem to make the bitter taste of losing to champion Demetrious Johnson disappear. The TUF 14 winner came close to beating Johnson in their January match-up, dropping the title-holder a few times despite ultimately failing to secure a decision nod. Making matters even more frustrating, Dodson has watched the bout since it went down and still feels he did enough to earn the judges’ favor.
Though Dodson may be dwelling on the loss to some extent, the defeat has served as a source of motivation for the 28-year old who is now determined to work his way back into a second shot at “Mighty Mouse” and make right for the wrong he feels was done in January.
“If it were up to me, it’d be right now. Shoot, I was ready to go last week. Or the week after the fight, I was ready to go,” said Dodson of his desire to fight Johnson again in a recent interview with MMAFighting. “Since (Johnson) already has a fight, I don’t care who I have to fight to lead up to that. I’m going to go back there (and) I’m going to win every one of my next fights including my next title-fight. I will get that rematch, and I will win.”
The 14-6 Dodson does not have any action currently on tap but, from the sound of it, he should be booked in the coming weeks. He had won five fights in a row before falling to Johnson including a decision over John Moraga, the very man who is currently scheduled to compete for the divisional belt in late July at UFC on FOX 8.
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