UFC: Scott Jorgensen’s Initial Flyweight Test Has Gotten Even More Difficult
Scott Jorgensen certainly isn’t going for any soft touch in making his move down to the UFC flyweight division. The former top-10 bantamweight competitor has been involved in a number of exciting fights over his career, and has certainly shown a willingness to step up and tangle with anyone.
Initially, “Young Guns” was scheduled to make his 125-pound debut at UFC on FOX 9 against No. 3 contender Ian McCall. However “Uncle Creepy” was forced to withdraw from the Dec. 14 event. The news was disappointing because a Jorgensen-McCall matchup had the makings of an outstanding fight. Well, it didn’t take the organization long to find a replacement, and the injury replacement is truly an even tougher assignment than McCall would have been.
Jorgensen is now going to battle John Dodson. “The Magician” is ranked No. 2 in the division and is fresh off a first-round stoppage of Darrell Montague at UFC 166. Dodson is motivated at getting back to the top as he wants to make amends for a failed title shot against champion Demetrious Johnson. Dodson has incredible speed and athleticism, but it is his power that separates him from most flyweight fighters. Dodson has the ability to get any 125-pound fighter into trouble if he lands a flush shot. He has registered seven knockouts in his 15-career victories. Jorgensen will need to watch out for that as he tends to enjoy a good firefight.
Jorgensen is hoping that the move down in weight will help to rejuvenate his career. While he’s just 1-3 in his last four fights, the losses came against Urijah Faber, Eddie Wineland and Renan Barao. Faber remains a top bantamweight contender, while Wineland and Barao recently duked it out at UFC 165 with the Brazilian retaining his interim title.
Jorgensen is facing a high-risk, high-reward proposition come Dec. 14. In following his career in both the UFC and WEC, you get the feeling he wouldn’t want it any other way. He’s been involved in a number of Fights of the Night during his career and whatever happens against Dodson, it’s bound to be exciting. If Jorgensen was hoping the move to 125 pounds would kick-start his career, a victory over a dangerous, highly-ranked opponent would catapult him into immediate title contention.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.