John Dodson is undoubtedly hungry to work his way back into flyweight title contention, and it begins this weekend at UFC 166 against promotional newcomer Darrell Montague. Dodson is looking to get his career back on the right path, after losing by decision to flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at UFC on FOX 6. “The Magician” actually had some good moments early in the fight, but the overall class and skills of Johnson showed in the final few rounds, as he emerged with the unanimous decision victory. It snapped Dodson’s three fight UFC win streak.
Montague has made the biggest impressions of his career fighting for Tachi Palace Fights. He faced the likes of Ian McCall and Ulysses Gomez under that promotional banner. He’s shown himself to have good submission skills in compiling a 13-and-2 career record, and has produced 10 finishes by way of knockout or submission. It will be interesting to see if he suffers any of those notorious Octagon jitters, as Montague gets a high profile opportunity on the Pay per View main card and faces a proven commodity in Dodson.
Dodson knows that he must take care of business against the UFC newcomer if he wants to remain a key player within the division. He has formidable power for a 125 pound fighter, and he will look to test Montague’s chin. The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 winner has tremendous athleticism, amazing speed and can do some unorthodox things within the confines of the Octagon. He has recorded six victories by knockout amongst his 14 career triumphs, and Dodson has also shown his toughness, as he has never been knocked out or submitted.
Montague comes into the fight with a strong resume, and obviously UFC officials think enough of his skills to give him a very stern test in his promotional debut. Dodson, who’s ranked No. 2 in the UFC’s top-10 rankings, will look for an impressive finish to show that he still remains one of the best flyweight fighters on the roster. In the past, Dodson has shown that he’s perfectly capable of doing just that.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports