Fil-Am UFC fighter John Dodson to visit Manila in June
MANILA, Philippines – Another notable name in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be visiting the country as Filipino-American fighter John Dodson is scheduled to set foot on Philippine soil this month.
In partnership with TV5’s Cignal Digital TV and sports channel Hyper, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is bringing Dodson to the Philippines from June 23 to 26.
The UFC has been locally airing its fight cards and other sideshows on Hyper since January after TV5 acquired the broadcast rights of the UFC from ABS-CBN Sports.
Hyper, which is one of the two broadcast partners of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on cable television along with FOX Sports, airs on Channel 53 of Cignal Digital TV.
Known by the moniker “The Magician,” Dodson (18-7) rose to prominence when he joined the 14th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series in 2011 as a bantamweight contestant.
Dodson defeated future bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw via first-round stoppage in the show's finale to get a 6-figure contract with the UFC.
After his stellar victory over Dillashaw, Dodson transferred to flyweight and scored wins against the division’s distinguished names such as Tim Elliott, Jussier da Silva, Darrell Montague, John Moraga and Zach Makovsky.
Dodson’s two losses as a flyweight came at the hands of division kingpin Demetrious Johnson, who easily carved out another convincing unanimous decision win over him in their rematch at UFC 191 in September 2015.
The 31-year-old native of New Mexico, Albuquerque decided to return to the 135-pound weight class division this year and claimed a 47-second knockout triumph over Manny Gamburyan this past April.
This is the second time for this year that a UFC fighter will be visiting the country as welterweight sensation Stephen Thompson hosted a meet-and-greet session and public workout this past February.
Details of Dodson’s tour will be revealed in the coming weeks. – Rappler.com