UFC flyweight John Dodson: We're not midgets or kids ... we're full grown men

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

UFC flyweight John Dodson will be vying for the number one contender status at 125 pounds this weekend and he believes the flyweight division will (literally) grow on the fans in time.

"Everyone's going to continuously say the same things: `they're just midgets in there fighting' or `they're kids fighting.' We're not actually kids - we're full-grown men, and sooner or later, people will start coming around and realizing that those weight classes are the good ones. They probably said (the same things) when boxing started losing (heavyweights) like Tyson, Holyfield, Muhammad Ali."

-- UFC flyweight John Dodson is up in arms about some recent criticism of the 125 pound division, which has already featured some of the best fights and most exciting finishes for the UFC in 2012 thus far. He tells UFC.com that his divisional compatriots are not just oversized midgets competing in the Octagon, but professional athletes worthy of respect. "The Magician" will be trying to convert the critics this Friday night (Oct. 5, 2012) when he fights Jussier da Silva AKA "Formiga" at UFC on FX 5 for the number one contendership at 125 pounds. Do you think Dodson has a point? Or is he just salty after some recent criticism of his flyweight counterparts?

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