May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; John Dodson poses before a flyweight bout against Timothy Elliott during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. John Dodson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
The flyweight title picture just got very interesting.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight dynamo John Dodson is getting a very high profile opponent for his next fight, a 125-pound match-up against elite Brazilian UFC newcomer Jussier da Silva at UFC on FX 5 on Oct. 5, 2012 from the HSBC Arena in Rio.
That's according to a report via Tatame.
Dodson (13-6) won The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 season finale with a fantastic first round knockout of T.J. Dillashaw last December. He has plans to get fast-tracked to the UFC flyweight title and he got off to a slow start by barely squeaking by Tim Elliot this past May at UFC on FOX 3.
He can't afford to make mistakes this time against "Formiga."
Da Silva (14-1) was widely regarded as the best flyweight in the world. That was, until Ian McCall defeated him via unanimous decision in a thrilling bout at Tachi Palace Fights 8 in February of 2011. "Formiga" has since reeled off five straight wins including four straight submissions in Brazil to not only get back on track but put himself back in the discussion as perhaps the top flyweight in the world again.
The talented 27-year old Brazilian signed with the UFC just two weeks ago, by far the highest profile flyweight signing since the inaugural 125 pound title tournament was announced.
UFC on FX 5 will also feature a heavyweight showdown between top 265 pound prospect Travis Browne and former Strikeforce standout Antonio Silva. Also expected to compete on the card in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a featherweight attraction featuring Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes.
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