A Look at the UFC Flyweight Division’s Top 10
The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 bantamweight winner, and current number-one ranked flyweight contender John Dodson came back from a knee injury to fight close friend and fellow top 10 flyweight Zach Makovsky at UFC 187.
Dodson did just enough to take the decision win, with 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards. It was not a fight with the usual frenetic action fans have come to expect from “The Magician”, but Dodson explained that he had some ring rust after almost a year on the sidelines, and still believes he should be the next one to challenge for Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight title.
Johnson and Dodson have met in the Octagon before, with Johnson outpointing the challenger 48-47, 49-46, and 48-47 back in January 2013.
The son of an African-American father and Filipino-American mother, Dodson first established his presence in the UFC by scoring a TKO over T.J. Dillashaw to win his season of The Ultimate Fighter, a feat made even more impressive considering the fact that Dillashaw is currently the UFC bantamweight champion.
Dodson then promptly dropped down to flyweight, where he established himself as one of the most powerful strikers in the division. His flyweight record now stands at 5-1, his lone loss to the champion.
Even with his latest win being an unexciting and contentious one, Dodson is still arguably the most viable title challenger when you compare him to the rest of the top 10 UFC flyweights:
‘Knowledgeable’ Filipino Fans are Impressing the International MMA Community
For an American who competed in the UFC’s first event in the Philippines, UFC Fight Night 66, it can be a brutal 17-hour flight from Manila back to New Jersey, with a stopover in Tokyo. But it isn’t that bad when you’re going home with a win.
Calling in as the first guest on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, former UFC lightweight champion and current featherweight contender Frankie Edgar, who won a hard-fought unanimous decision win over former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, spoke about his Philippine experience.
“It was cool, man. I had fun the whole way through, from the press tour to the fight,”said Edgar, affirming Helwani’s observation that the local crowd seemed knowledgeable and appreciative. “The fans are into MMA out there. They’re like you (Helwani), they love the NBA, and they love MMA.”
Guess Who’s Coming This UFC Fight Week?
The UFC comes to the Philippines for the very first time in Manila on Saturday, the 16th of May, at the Mall of Asia Arena. This inaugural event will be headlined by two former champions, as the featherweight division’s No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar comes head to head with Urijah Faber, who makes a long awaited return to 145 lbs. in a five-round battle sure to thrill the Filipino fans.
The fight card is comprised of 12 explosive bouts featuring UFC fighters from around the world including America, England, Belgium, South Korea, Guam, China, Singapore and homegrown talent from the Philippines, featherweight Mark Eddiva and flyweight Roldan Sangch-an. This event will also mark UFC middleweight Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz’s last professional fight as he brings his well-honed skills to the Octagon on May 16th against towering British Luke Barnatt.