After UFC 187 win, is title rematch next for Filipino-American John Dodson?

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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: