Following John Dodson’s impressive stoppage win over Darrell Montague at UFC 166, “The Magician” begged the UFC to get him back in the cage as soon as possible, and the flyweight got his wish. The promotion has announced that Dodson will step in for the injured Ian McCall at UFC on FOX 9, who was set to fight Scott Jorgensen.
The reason Dodson (15-6) was hoping to throw down again sooner than later, was because before taking out Montague, he hadn’t fought since January. At UFC on FOX 6 on January 26th, he lost by unanimous decision to champion Demetrious Johnson. The 29 year-old and TUF 14 winner had locked up a title shot thanks to wins over TJ Dillashaw, Tim Elliot, and Jussier “Formiga.”
Jorgensen (14-7) will be making his debut at 125 pounds, as the veteran decided to leave the bantamweight division, following his submission loss to Urijah Faber at the TUF 17 Finale in April. Prior to that “Young Guns” tapped out John Albert with a first round, rear-naked-choke at UFC on FOX 5. The 31 year-old fighter is 2-3 in his last five scraps.
So, while McCall-Jorgensen likely would have been great, bringing Dodson in as a replacement for “Uncle Creepy” should work out just fine. The good news for Jorgensen is that it’s still a huge opportunity for him, as Dodson is ranked one spot higher than McCall at #2.
UFC on FOX 9 will be hosted by the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California and will feature lightweight champ Anthony Pettis taking on Josh Thomson in the headliner.
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