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John Dodson Open to Rematch with Current Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.05.2014

Speaking to reporters ahead of UFC Fight Night 42, The Ultimate Fighter winner John Dodson talked about TJ Dillashaw's recent bantamweight title win over Renan Barao. On their season of The Ultimate Fighter, Dodson knocked out Dillashaw in the first round to win the tournament at bantamweight. Since that fight, Dodson moved down to flyweight and lost his bid for the UFC flyweight title in a close decision to reigning champion Demetrious Johnson.

Currently, Dodson is ranked No. 1 at flyweight and he's set to face former title contender John Moraga at UFC Fight Night 42 on Saturday. A win would likely put him next in line to face Johnson for the title. Johnson is next set to defend his belt against Ali Bagautinov at UFC 174.

Below are some highlights from Dodson's scrum with reporters:

Dodson on a possible rematch with Dillashaw: "I know how much it sucks to lose to somebody, so if he ever wants to run that back, we could."

Dodson on Dillashaw's run during their season of TUF: "T.J. made our whole season look amazing. He walked out there and said, ‘Hey, I came from ‘The Ultimate Fighter 14,' and everybody on that season is doing phenomenal, and he's doing the best right now."

Dodson on a potential rematch with Johnson, provided they both with their upcoming fights: "It lines up really well, but we've got to make sure that somebody else has to stay healthy all the time. We've already seen Demetrious Johnson always pulling out of fights because of the fact that he's either had a shoulder, a back, a leg – he's always had injuries coming in and out of all these things. I know I'll be fine, and if he's not ready to go, well I'm going to hit that Donald Cerrone plan and tell Dana White, ‘Yo, let me fight anybody.'"

Dodson on how Dillashaw will want a rematch with him if he beats Demetrious Johnson: "When I beat Demetrious Johnson, I will be sitting there wanting to know if T.J. Dillashaw wants to go at it and have that rematch with me."


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