Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight contender and "Knockout of the Night" winner John Dodson doesn't want to be sitting around on the sidelines in the prime of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, so you can understand why he was visibly frustrated with not having anything to do for the past nine months.
That's a tough spot to be in for a guy who is ranked number two in the world.
It's not that UFC matchmakers want "The Magician" to disappear, they just don't have the room to keep him busy, thanks to a roster that is "too full," according to comments UFC President Dana White made during the UFC 166 post-fight media scrum (watch it) last weekend in Houston.
"I keep telling you guys our roster is too full. Guys have to get fights and every time after a show when we cut a guy, people say ‘F--k you Dana White, you're an idiot.' Shut up the f--k up and let us run our business. The roster is too full. We want to be good to the guys who deserve us being good to. Guys like [Yushin] Okami. I like Okami. I like him a lot. He's a great guy, but when guys lose and are at a certain point in their careers or whatever the case may be, they have to be cut so guys like Dodson can continue to fight. We are in a situation where if a guy doesn't fight, we still have to pay them. That's not good either. Guys want to fight. Guys like [John] Dodson want to stay busy and active. They want to fight."
Does this mean we can expect another wave of roster cuts?
ZUFFA has a history of trimming the fat in the wake of major events, releasing former welterweight number one contender Jon Fitch -- along with 15 other fighters -- following UFC 156. In addition, former middleweight "gatekeeper," Yushin Okami, was put out to pasture after getting smoked by Ronaldo Souza last month in Brazil.
Who stays and who goes after last weekend's pay-per-view (PPV) event in Houston, Texas (results), remains to be seen. But if there is one thing we've learned thus far, Dana has no trouble handing out pink slips if it benefits
the bottom line the other fighters.
So "shut the f--k up" and let him do it.