Former number one UFC Flyweight contender John Dodson (16-6) take on the former Bellator Bantamweight Champion, Zach Makovsky (19-5) at UFC 187. A win will put him in the front door to a possible rematch with the current champion of the division Demtrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. However Johnson might be the champ, but Dodson thinks of himself as the saviour.
“We always thought it was going to be Ian McCall, but Ian McCall hasn’t been able to perform the way that he wants to. So I guess I can step up and say that I am the savior of the flyweight division,” Dodson said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour. “If everybody wants to have a last hope for [the division], it’d be me.”
Dodson lacks no confidence in his abilities albeit his next fight is with a man that he considers a close friend.
“It’s going to go both ways. He’s going to know my ins and outs and I’m going to know all of his ins and outs, as well,” Dodson said. Zach already knows what it’s been like to be a champion. He was champion of Bellator, he’s been champion of RFA, and I actually helped him get ready to win those titles and get him to the UFC. He was the first man I told to take my place against Scott Jorgensen when I tore my meniscus in my knee. So it’s cool for me to go ahead and fight one of my friends, and it’s a real honor because me and Zach are boys, he’s a great friend and it’s just going to be good, competitive action.”
Dodson spent 9 months in rehab for his knee but feels he’s as close to perfect as he’ll get.
“There’s no such thing as being 100-percent,” Dodson said of his recovery. “I feel like I’m good as I can be and I’m just now getting stronger. I’ve been doing backflips, I’ve been back to my parkour stuff, just making sure that I’m doing everything in my normal routine. So people who are all sitting there asking me why I’m doing the exact same thing, if I let my knee bother me, if I let it pretty much scare me from doing anything I want to do, then I’m never going to let it heal. If I can’t push myself to be better, then it’s pointless.”
Dodson leaves a sour taste in 2 current UFC champion’s mouths
“I notice that all the time,” Dodson said. “I notice when you guys bring me up to Demetrious Johnson or to T.J. Dillashaw, both of them get super butthurt about the fact that you guys ask them about fighting me. Demetrious had his toughest fight against me and he knows that he’ll have one again, another tough fight with me. I potentially could steal that title from him. And T.J. Dillashaw goes around telling everyone that when I fought him, it was a fluke, and that it never would happen again. I just keep on looking ahead, man. I’m going to be champion,” Dodson added. “I wouldn’t want to sit there saying, ‘what if I wasn’t champion?’ I just know that I’m going to be the champion, and that’s a fact I’m going to stay with. I’m going to go out there and bang it out with them dudes, and when I walk away with the championship, I’m going to let them know that we both knew this was going to happen.”