Injury Forces John Dodson To Withdraw From UFC on FOX 9

By Rick LaFitte
John Dodson
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Scott Jorgensen is having a tough time keeping an opponent in place for his first flyweight fight in the UFC. A second scheduled opponent has now been forced to withdraw from the UFC on FOX 9 card because of an injury. John Dodson has followed Ian McCall in pulling out of a scheduled clash against “Young Guns” after getting hurt in training.

The fight had the makings of being a highly entertaining affair on December 14 in Sacramento, but now UFC officials are in scramble mode as they try to find a very late replacement so that Jorgensen can stay on the card.

“The Magician” would have been a terrific test for Jorgensen in his 125-pound debut. The Season 14 winner of the Ultimate Fighter was last seen destroying Darrell Montague in the first round at UFC 166. Dodson has been on an impressive roll, having won six of his last seven fights, and had been hoping a victory over Jorgensen would have gotten him closer to another title shot.

He failed in his previous effort to wrest the title away from current champion Demetrious Johnson, losing a unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 6.

Jorgensen decided to make the move down in weight after recent struggles in the bantamweight division. He’s gone just 1-3 in his four contests, but there’s no shame given that those defeats have come against standout opposition in Urijah Faber, Eddie Wineland and current interim champion Renan Barao. Jorgensen has always been involved in entertaining affairs dating back to his WEC days, and has recorded two Fights of the Night in his UFC tenure.

The latest news has to be extremely disappointing for Jorgensen as he has now missed out on two top-five opponents in the flyweight division. A victory over McCall or Dodson would have immediately catapulted him into title contention. Now we wait and see what type of opposition matchmakers can find for him on extremely short notice.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports

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