When John Dodson walked away from this past season of the Ultimate Fighter as the last bantamweight standing there was no question the 27-year old would give flyweight a go whenever the UFC added the division. At 5’3, Dodson was a small 135er to begin with who owes the bulk of his success to surprisingly heavy hands, lightning speed, and a non-stop motor rather than any sort of size advantage.

Now, with a tournament in place to crown the UFC’s first 125-pound champion, Dodson has decided to make the move down and will make his post-TUF debut on May 5 as part of the UFC on FOX 3 lineup scheduled for East Rutherford, New Jersey. Dodson will take on Darren Uyenoyama at the event who himself is coming down from 135 pounds as well.

Dodson holds an overall record of 12-5 with seven stoppages while Uyenoyama is 7-3 but has won his last two fights including a decision over Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto on the first FOX card this past November.

The lineup for UFC on FOX 3 is still in the process of developing with the only other announced bout including a lightweight tilt between Jim Miller-Nate Diaz.


MMATraining Take: I’m pleased to see Dodson is going to 125 now instead of waiting to see how he fares at bantamweight against the division’s best. Flyweight is wide open at the moment and he could easily earn a title-shot with a win over Uyenoyama and a single instance of follow-up success.