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Veteran bantamweight John Dodson inks new five-fight deal with UFC

John Dodson
John Dodson
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner and two-time flyweight title challenger John Dodson will be staying with the UFC for the foreseeable future.

According to Dodson’s manager Ricky Kottenstette, the 35-year-old veteran signed a new five-fight deal to remain with the promotion he’s called home since 2011.

Dodson initially joined the promotion after knocking out future bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw to win TUF and secure his spot on the roster. From there, Dodson became one of the top flyweight fighters in the sport, but after a pair of title fight losses to Demetrious Johnson, he decided to make the move up to bantamweight.

Dodson holds wins over notable 135-pound contenders such as Pedro Munhoz and Eddie Wineland while most recently earning a stunning third-round TKO against highly touted prospect Nathaniel Wood in February.

As of now, there’s no word on Dodson’s next fight, but often the UFC will sign a fighter to a new contract and then begin work on booking their next octagon appearance.

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