5. John Dodson Is A Top Contender In The Bantamweight Division
John Dodson made his return to the bantamweight division by finishing veteran Manny Gamburyan in 47 seconds. Dodson rejoins the 135-pound weight class after an unsuccessful title stint at 125, suffering a second career loss to flyweight king Demetrious Johnson at UFC 191.
Dodson was undefeated during his near three-year tenure at flyweight, with the exception of two losses to “Mighty Mouse,” the first coming on UFC on FOX back in January of 2013.
Following his knockout victory over Gamburyan, Dodson made it clear he desires a match against former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, whom he already owns a victory over. Dodson won The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale by stopping the future champion in the first round via TKO.
A potential win over Dillashaw could immediately propel Dodson into the title picture following current champion Dominick Cruz’s title defense against Urijah Faber at UFC 199.
Dodson’s unique speed and power pose a threat to the the wide-open bantamweight division, and that could help propel him to an early title shot.