Love him or hate him, it’s hard not to admire recently crowned Ultimate Fighter champion John Dodson for his tenacity as an undersized bantamweight and energy he brings into the ring on each outing. Now it appears Dodson is prepared to tap into that seemingly bottomless reserve and fight again before the end of the year.
“Dana White, put me in there (at UFC 141). I’m down to go. I’m ready,” said Dodson in a post-fight interview with the UFC’s website before pleading, “You saw (a) fast fight (against TJ Dillashaw). I’m ready to go again. Come on, Dana. Put me in there, please.”
Dodson beat Dillashaw when a perfectly placed punch dropped the Team Alpha Male grappler in the opening minutes of the Ultimate Fighter 14 final’s first frame, allowing the 27-year old “Magician” to spring on top and pull a victory out of his hat.
With the December 30 event’s lineup all but set it seems highly unlikely Dodson will get his wish though the UFC does have a number of still-developing cards scheduled for January/February that could be seen as options.
The surprisingly powerful Dodson, only 5’3, holds a 12-5 record with seven stoppages and is currently in the midst of a three-fight winning streak (not to mention his TUF 14 success).
UFC 141 is headlined by heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem duking it out for top contendership in the heavyweight division and also features match-ups including Johny Hendricks vs. Jon Fitch and Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz.
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