The UFC 222 bout between John Dodson and Pedro Munhoz is a matchup not without controversy.
The bantamweight showdown was originally scheduled for February 3 at UFC Fight Night 125: Anders vs. Machida in Belem, Brazil, but was scrapped due to Munhoz missing weight by four pounds. Dodson elected to accept a portion of Munhoz’s purse and the fight was rebooked just days later. Munhoz attributed the failed weight cut to an issue with hot water inside of his hotel room preventing him from being able to cut the final four pounds.
The guillotine king
Pedro Munhoz is looking to add to his impressive UFC campaign this Saturday against promotional veteran John Dodson.
The American Top Team stand out has compiled a 5-2-1 record which includes four consecutive wins leading into Saturday’s Las Vegas bout. The majority of those wins have come from snatching necks and sinking in impressive guillotine chokes, most recently against Rob Font in what was deemed worthy of Performance of the Night. The jiu-jitsu black belt’s stellar grappling has surged him into the top ten bantamweight rankings and a win against Dodson may provide a case to breach the top five.
A tale of two divisions
John Dodson has struggled to find consistency since returning to the bantamweight division. Since challenging Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight belt a second time, Dodson has a 2-2 record which includes two narrow split decision losses.
After winning The Ultimate Fighter season 14 with a brilliant TKO victory over the current bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, Dodson quickly dropped down to flyweight. He was able to supply power through his hands that is rarely seen at 125 lbs. Two victories in a shallow division warranted his first title shot against “Mighty Mouse”. Dodson lost via unanimous decision but put himself on the map by knocking down the flyweight king twice in the second round.
Dodson was then able to go on another run only to drop another decision loss to Johnson for the title. At that time he elected to move up to 135 lbs. If Dodson had been able to edge out his two split decision losses then the move would have proven to be a wise one sitting at four straight wins and title contention. Instead, Dodson is trying to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in his career.
This bantamweight bout definitely brings some spark to the Fox Sports 1 prelims. With Munhoz’s grappling and Dodson’s power, there is a good chance this fight does not go the full three rounds. If the judges are needed it will most likely be in Dodson’s favor because of his high output on the feet.