John Dodson Explains His Return To Bantamweight

Former flyweight title contender John Dodson announced his plan to return to the bantamweight division recently, where he was crowned the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2011, and he wants to make an impact right away.

Heres what he had to say on the move:

“I always wanted to go back,” Dodson told FOX Sports. “I told people for a while that I wanted to go back to 135 and despite such a dominant run at 125 I could not secure a title — D.J. (Demetrious Johnson) is a phenomenal fighter and he beat me for a second time, I’m not going to sit there and say anything bad about it, there was nothing outside my life that changed the outcome of the fight. I went in to fight and I ended up losing. So I had to make a career decision — do I want to stay at 125 and be a place holder or do I want to go to a new division and make a run at it, a run at a different weight class and beat somebody up that I’ve already destroyed.”

“I’ve actually had kidney failure in the past because of cutting too much weight and leading up to this one they told me that I might have it again, I was like, ‘This is killing me.’ So I had to move up for more of a health issue than wanting to because of the fight. I got recommended by a doctor to move up weight classes to continue on fighting. I feel so comfortable that I was willing to jump into the fire to fight TJ Dillashaw or Urijah Faber and neither of those wanted to work right away so I’ve been calling out every fighter,Sean Shelby’s been telling me, ‘Go ahead and pick out a couple people.’ And then when Brian Stann was so quick to say no one would call out Thomas Almeida, before he even finished that sentence I had my manager on the phone trying to get that matchup set up. You wanna fight Thomas Almeida? Why not? I love the fact that if he wants to stand and bang with me, that’s what I want to do,I’m not going to try to take you down, I’m not going to try to out-grapple you, I’m not going to try to out-wrestle you, I’m going to try to out-strike you. I want to put my fist through your face and continue to hit you with a smile on my face with that murderous intent and I will be ecstatic doing it. Everybody can expect to see the original magician,” Dodson predicted. “The guy that was fast moving, always moving and trying to something crazy and phenomenal and everybody wants to try at least one in their lifetime. They’ll see a whole new bag of tricks.”

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