John Dodson doesn’t maintain grudges, however he positively retains receipts.
Forward of his return on New 12 months’s Eve in Japan, the veteran flyweight discovered peace along with his new preventing house in RIZIN together with turning into champion in BKFC after he was unceremoniously launched from the UFC. In fact, Dodson understands that you simply’re solely nearly as good as your final struggle with regards to fight sports activities, however he felt that his résumé with the UFC ought to’ve earned him a bit bit extra consideration.
Sadly, after falling to Merab Dvalisivhili in 2020, Dodson was launched from the promotion after spending almost a decade there, which included two title fights throughout his tenure. The best way that complete scenario performed out left a nasty style in Dodson’s mouth, which is why he’s probably not all in favour of returning to the UFC even when the promotion got here calling.
“They’d have to chop a verify for me to return again,” Dodson instructed MMA Preventing. “If they need me to return again, they’re going to have to return with the next greenback quantity. To not disrespect anyone that’s within the UFC, I feel I’m much better than the champion that’s at 125 [pounds] and 135 proper now.
“To me, it doesn’t make sense, however on the similar time, it’s what it’s. On the time I used to be let go [from the UFC], my final 10 fights earlier than I used to be let go, I received 4 fights [and lost six] and that’s the dimensions they determined to have a look at. After I misplaced to Merab Dvalishvili, he was my sixth loss in these 10 fights and I solely misplaced back-to-back fights one time throughout that timeframe. For me, it was very irritating, heartbreaking, I simply got here off a Knockout of the Evening efficiency and I misplaced a boring struggle they usually’re like, ‘You’ve gotta go.’”
Since splitting with the UFC, Dodson has put collectively a powerful run, with a 3-1 file in MMA that features two wins in RIZIN whereas additionally amassing an ideal 3-0 résumé in bare-knuckle competitors and turning into the BKFC flyweight champion.
Dodson stays grateful to each RIZIN and BKFC for giving him a house after he started feeling discouraged about his future within the sport. It seems after his UFC launch, Dodson acquired the same message from the now-defunct Bellator MMA a few attainable struggle there as properly, and it began to really feel like he was working out of choices.
“Bellator instructed me I wasn’t adequate,” Dodson revealed. “So I’m going to go dominate all over the place else. Everybody who retains disrespecting me, they’re going to need to put some huge cash on the desk to go forward and say sure.”
Dodson can’t predict the long run so he’s unsure what affords could finally come his manner, however he is aware of it is going to take quite a bit to get him to return to the UFC or depart RIZIN and BKFC.
He credit these two promotions for choosing him up when he was caught on a downward spiral, and he’ll always remember that.
“I used to be blessed RIZIN determined to select me up after which BKFC got here alongside and took me below their mantle,” Dodson stated. “The folks that determined to have my again and choose me up and carry me, I wish to take them wherever they wish to go and proceed to make them probably the most profitable organizations attainable.
“So BKFC and RIZIN are my properties till the wheels fall off. I’m a human being and my emotions do get damage. I can forgive someone however I’ll always remember.”