John Dodson is no doubt hungry to work his way back into title contention at 125 pounds, and it showed at UFC 166 as “The Magician” delivered a sensational performance against promotional newcomer, Darrell Montague. Dodson turned in a solid bounce-back effort by stopping “The Mongoose” in the very first round. It was Dodson’s first fight since a failed title effort against flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at UFC on FOX 6.
While many fans complain about the lack of finishing ability of fighters in the flyweight division, Dodson certainly doesn’t apply. The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 winner showcased his tremendous power and speed in spoiling Montague’s UFC debut in Houston. He landed a brutal overhand-left punch that seemed to have Montague finished very early in the fight, but somehow Johnson managed to survive the onslaught and continue on. However, another devastating left, later in the round would level Montague and the end would come at four minutes and thirteen seconds. Dodson was rewarded with bonus for getting the knockout of the night.
Dodson registered his seventh-career knockout amongst his 15-career victories, and again solidified his standing as a top contender within the weight class. No doubt, he will be paying attention to the November 30 rematch between the champion Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. There is a good chance of Dodson challenging the winner of that fight.
For Montague, it wasn’t the result he was hoping for in his Octagon debut, but he did show a tremendous amount of heart and courage despite the setback. Hopefully, he will receive another opportunity to showcase his talents.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports