FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: John Dodson
By Dan McConnell
At UFC Rio Rancho in New Mexico, a light-heavyweight title eliminator between Jan Blachowicz and Corey Anderson headlined the card.
A surprisingly action-packed card that featured two KO’s, two DQ’s, one submission and seven decision.
This week’s Fighter of the Week award goes to a man who competes in the 135-pound division and fights out of New-Mexico with the famous Jacksonwink camp.
35-year old John ‘The Magician’ Dodson took on former 26-year old Cage Warrriors bantamweight champ Nathanial ‘The Prospect’ Wood, after suffering back to back losses to Jimmie Rivera and Petr Yan.
From signing with the UFC in June of 2018, his opponent Wood has lived up to his nickname under the watchful eye of former UFC veteran Brad Pickett and cemented himself as one of the brightest, young talents to come out of the UK.
Both fighters slugged it out for the first two rounds, with not much between them. In the third round Dodson caught Wood, before the referee stepped in to gave the 32-fight veteran his first win since March 2018.
It wasn’t so the manner of the victory that impressed me, but this stat. Dodson has never been finished in his UFC career and has fought serious competition along the way.
Names such as Demetrious Johnson twice, TJ Dillashaw, John Lineker, Marlon Moraes, Pedro Munhoz and Petr Yan.
Who next for Dodson? One things for sure is that ‘The Magician’ conjured up an incredible performance on Saturday night to win this week’s FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award!