John Dodson has made a name for himself as a mixed martial artist. He is a professional fighter whose skills have earned him many titles. Dodson’s career, which has spanned more than 15 years, has distinguished him as a strong MMA competitor and as a prominent personality. Apart from his movements on the ring, there is much more to the life of this American mixed martial artist. Here are less known facts about John Dodson.
John Dodson Bio, Age
He was born on September 26, 1984, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is of African American and Philippine descent. John Dodson began to show a deep strength and tenacity at a young age. He participated in various sports such as soccer, athletics, wrestling, and others at Moriarity High School where he was taught. During his school years, he won several championships in wrestling. He was also four times district champion of his school and twice state champion.
Dodson realized that wrestling was really his strength and started training in the MMA in 2002. That same year he was recruited by Chris Luttrell and Greg Jackson, who were fascinated by his excellent wrestling moves. John graduated from high school in 2003 and went on to the University of New Mexico. He had continued his MMA training with Jackson and became better at this sport. Dodson trained until he qualified for his first amateur fight. He did pretty well and got offers to fight more. Finally, he accepted the offer to fight Yasuhiro Urushitani, the famous Japanese flyweight fighter. However, Dodson lost the fight, which showed that he had more to do.
Dodson tested the waters in bantamweight and featherweight and achieved admirable records on these platforms. Then he fought further against Clint Godfrey and won by decision. He fought until 2011 when he signed with the UFC. John was billed for the fight on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping against Team Miller. He won in the first episode of the fight and gained access to The Ultimate Fighter’s house, where he defeated Merkt in the first round. Dodson fought his way to the semi-finals, where he faced Johnny Bedford, his teammate from Team Mayhem. He won the fight, entered the final, and made a name for himself.
In December 2011, Dodson made his UFC debut in the final of The Ultimate Fighter 14 in December 2011, becoming the first bantamweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter fight after winning T.J. Dillashaw. Dodson continued to achieve great success on the prestigious platform until his contract with the UFC expired. He listened to other offers from several companies and weighed them before signing a new turf war with the UFC.
Personal Life – Wife, Kid
The private life of John Dodson is not as dramatic as his career. Yet the remarkable fighter never manages to keep his private life away from the prying eyes of the media. Dodson had a relationship with Chelsea, his long-time girlfriend, who is considered by many sources to be his wife. There have been no reports of a wedding, but given their long-standing relationship, it is assumed that the two are a married couple. Dodson and Chelsea have a daughter named Delilah Skye.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
John Dodson has an average but strong physique that fits his career. The tactful fighter stands at a height of 1.6 m (5ft 3in), which is in good proportion to his weight of 61 kg (135lbs).
Dodson is definitely not the biggest in the UFC, but his robust build gives him a strong endurance that supports his movements in the ring.
Other Facts You Need to Know About the Fighter
- John Dodson grew up without a father. The mixed martial artist was raised alongside his brother by his mother, a single mother. This does not mean that he is not a wonderful father to his child.
- The famous fighter has recorded 20 victories in mixed martial arts so far, 9 of them with a total knockout. Although he lost 9 times, Dodson is a real cougar in the ring.
- For reaching the finals in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Milleer, Doson received $25,000. Moreso, after becoming the first bantamweight winner of the competition, received another $40,000. This was for winning the “Knockout of the Night” award.
- He likes to eat Pancit, his favorite Filipino food.