John Dodson has his next assignment, and although the flyweight contender won’t face a fighter currently ranked in the UFC’s top ten rankings, his opponent could be very soon.
Dodson has been tapped to fight recently signed Darrell Montague on October 19th at UFC 166, who is widely regarded to be one of the sport’s top flyweight prospects, and is even ranked in the top ten by certain outlets (like Sherdog.com for example).
Montague (13-2) will make his Octagon debut having won four straight fights, which includes a split decision win over the highly regarded Mamoru Yamaguchi. The only man to defeat the 25 year-old ‘Mongoose” in his last ten fights is the UFC’s #3 ranked flyweight Ian McCall.
Dodson (14-6) hasn’t fought since January when he lost by unanimous decision to champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC on FOX 6. The defeat ended the 28 year-old’s five fight win streak and left him in the division’s #2 spot.
It’s a great flyweight match-up, and considering what Dodson’s done in the UFC and who he’s defeated, obviously the promotion thinks very highly of Montague to have him fight “The Magician” in his Octagon debut.
UFC 166 will be hosted by Houston’s Toyota Center and will feature a rubber match between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. The card will also see Daniel Cormier take on fellow heavyweight contender Roy Nelson, and former Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez battle Diego Sanchez. The card is pretty stacked in other words,
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