The UFC announced on Wednesday that a fight between John Dodson and John Moraga is being targeted for a UFC Fight Night event on June 7. It will be the first time Dodson has stepped foot inside the octagon since his first-round victory over Darrell Montague in October. For Moraga, he last fought at UFC Fight Night 35 and took a split decision over UFC newcomer Dustin Ortiz.
The event is set to take place in Albuquerque, N.M. with the main event being a battle between lightweights Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov. The only other fight currently scheduled to take place at the event is Lance Benoist vs. Bobby Voelker.
Dodson has been on a run since he won the Ultimate Fighter 14 as a bantamweight. He currently has a UFC record of 4-1 with his only loss coming against the seemingly unstoppable UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson. Dodson has a tendency to use a mix of his speed and strength to dominate fights.
Out of his four victories (Tim Elliott, T.J. Dillashaw, Jussier da Silva and Montague) Elliott has been the only fighter who has taken Dodson into deep waters — Dodson won the fight by unanimous decision.
Widely considered as one of the top three flyweights in the world, Dodson could be looking at a potential rematch with Johnson if he can defeat Moraga in impressive fashion.
Moraga has also proven to be a legitimate contender in the flyweight division as well. Currently 3-1 in the UFC, he has defeated the talented Chris Cariaso as well as Ortiz and Ulysses Gomez. His lone defeat also came at the hands of “Mighty Mouse.”
A decent striker and wrestler, Moraga always comes to brawl if a brawl is needed, but he can also take the fight to the ground and submit his opponents. He has done so in six of his 14 victories.
The bout on June 7 will not be the first time Dodson and Moraga have stepped foot inside the cage with each other. In 2010, Dodson defeated Moraga in Nemesis Fighting by unanimous decision.