John Dodson reveals why he will never return to the UFC: “I was let go”

John Dodson explains why he's not so interested to return back to the UFC.

by Aryan Lakhani
John Dodson reveals why he will never return to the UFC: “I was let go”
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The former UFC flyweight contender John Dodson fought for about 7-8 years in the UFC; he left the organization in 2020 because of his losses outweighed his wins. John Dodson now fights for RIZIN Fighting Federation and is currently on a 3 match winning streak.

If Dodson had the chance to return to the UFC, he would most likely pass the opportunity down because he’s still hurt about the fact that UFC asked him to leave because of a few losses.

John Dodson on UFC return

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, John Dodson explained why he won’t fight again in the UFC.

“They’d have to cut a check for me to come back,” Dodson said as quoted by“If they want me to come back, they’re going to have to come with a higher dollar amount. Not to disrespect anybody that’s in the UFC, I think I’m far better than the champion that’s at 125 [pounds] and 135 right now.

“To me, it doesn’t make sense, but at the same time, it is what it is. At the time I was let go [from the UFC], my last 10 fights before I was let go, I won four fights [and lost six] and that’s the scale they decided to look at.

When I lost to Merab Dvalishvili, he was my sixth loss in those 10 fights and I only lost back-to-back fights one time during that time frame. For me, it was very frustrating, heartbreaking, I just came off a Knockout of the Night performance and I lost a boring fight and they’re like, ‘You’ve gotta go.’”

John Dodson on RIZIN and BKFC

“I was blessed RIZIN decided to pick me up and then BKFC came along and took me under their mantle, the people that decided to have my back and pick me up and carry me, I want to take them wherever they want to go and continue to make them the most successful organizations possible".