Former flyweight title challenger and current UFC bantamweight John Dodson has re-signed with the UFC according to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting. According to Helwani, Dodson’s new deal with the UFC is a four fight contract, and while there is no date for Dodson’s return to the Octagon, August is the reported target month for him to return to the organization.
Dodson’s status with the UFC was up in the air after he originally refused to fight his most recent opponent Pedro Munhoz. Originally scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil, Dodson refused to take the fight after Munhoz missed weight.
The fight with Munhoz was set to be Dodson’s last fight on his contract but the UFC not only paid part of his fight pursue, but re-scheduled the fight for UFC 222. Dodson and Munhoz did indeed square off at 222 and Dodson won the fight by split decision.
Since entering the UFC in 2011 when he won The Ultimate Fighter Season 14, Dodson has a 9-4 record in the promotion and has a signature win over current bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw. Dodson is also a two-time challenger for the flyweight title against Demetrious Johnson, and is 2-2 in his last four fights.
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