Former two-time flyweight title challenger John “The Magician” Dodson attempted to establish himself as a legitimate threat to the 135-pound throne in the main event of last night’s (October 1, 2016) UFC Fight Night 96 from Portland, taking on No. 3-ranked John “Hands of Stone” Lineker.
The two men went to battle for 25 minutes in a closely-fought war, but it was Lineker who came out on top with a split-decision victory. Dodson, however, didn’t agree with the decision, and he believes the damage he dished out should’ve been enough to land him the nod:
“I still look handsome as hell,” Dodson told MMAjunkie. “He came out looking like Frankenstein, so I don’t know what’s up.”
“The Magician” event went as far as to compare the fight to UFC 195’s welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. The fight was an instant classic that many felt as if Condit had won, although the judges gave Lawler the decision:
“I did the whole Carlos Condit-Robbie Lawler thing, and sure enough, they gave it to Robbie Lawler again,” Dodson said.
Dodson did indeed appear to get the better of the striking advantages, however, Lineker’s forward pressure as opposed to Dodson’s counter punching may have led the judges to sway towards “Hands of Stone”.
“I was like, ‘What the hell are y’all thinking?’” Dodson said. “I didn’t know you could make someone miss so many times and still be on the losing end.”
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