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Ex-UFC Title Challenger John Dodson Was Shocked by Sudden Release

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BKFC fighter John Dodson says that his UFC release came as a huge surprise to the former two-time flyweight title challenger. ‘The Magician’ was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter’s 14th season. He went 6-2 to begin his career with the promotion, the two losses coming against general consensus flyweight ‘GOAT’ Demetrious Johnson

While speaking to MMA Junkie, Dodson discussed his exit from the promotion saying it came as a huge surprise considering he was only one fight into a newly signed contract with the UFC.

“We just renewed,” Dodson said. “I just renewed my contract and they were like, ‘Eh, you know what? You’re out.’ I was like, ‘What the hell? First fight in and I’m done? Wow. Thanks a lot, you guys.’

“I just figured I wasn’t the fit anymore. COVID happened. Of course, that’s a big factor in everything else that’s coming through. It’s hard for everyone to train and everything else that’s going on. But if you really think about it, they can get a bunch of younger fighters who want to fight in the UFC who are – probably 10-8 new fighters with the paycheck they were paying me.”

John Dodson Returns to His Original Weight Class in BKFC Debut

Since parting ways with the UFC, Dodson has competed in the XMMA promotion, going 1-1 in the process. Now signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, ‘The Magician’ is moving back down to his original weight class.

“I still want to be bouncing around back and forth, and bare knuckle is going to give me the opportunity to knock out as many flyweights as possible – and that’s what I want to do,” said Dodson. I want to go back down to flyweight and show everybody that I still reign supreme and the king of that division.”

John Dodson will make his promotional debut at BKFC 28 on August 27th. He faces fellow former UFC flyweight Ryan Benoit in the evening’s co-main event. Scheduled for the main event is a women’s world title fight between reigning champion Christine Ferea and challenger Taylor Starling.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to go ahead and showcase to everybody, and not only to showcase but to remind them that I’m still one of the most deadliest strikers out there,” Dodson said. “And if I can keep on knocking people out, I can be picked up by any organization.”

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