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Dodson released by UFC

Albuquerque MMA fighter John Dodson, who twice fought for the UFC flyweight title, has been released by that organization.

Dodson’s manager, Albuquerque’s Ricky Kottenstette, confirmed the fighter’s release, first reported on Friday by

Kottenstette told the Journal via text that he doesn’t expect Dodson to be a free agent for long.

“We have already been contacted by three organizations so far and will be weighing all offers,” Kottenstette said.

Dodson (21-12) has been a UFC contract fighter since 2011, when he beat future bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw by first-round knockout in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 14.

He twice challenged Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title, losing by unanimous decision each time.

Dodson, 35, who began his career as a bantamweight, moved back to 135 pounds in 2016. Since then, he has gone 4-5, most recently losing by unanimous decision to Merab Dvalishvili in Las Vegas on Aug. 15.

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