It appears a new opponent will be welcoming Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen to the UFC Flyweight division.
“TUF 14“ winner and former title contender John “The Magician” Dodson has stepped up for an injured Ian McCall to take on Jorgensen at UFC on Fox 9, Dec. 14.
I think Dodson is a great choice McCall and will certainly provide a challenge for Young Guns in his first foray into flyweight.
On paper, Dodson may have the edge in terms of striking. He is coming off a “Knockout of the Night” performance against Darrell Montague.
In terms of grappling, the fight is a little more evenly matched. Jorgensen is NCAA Division I wrestler and has a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Dodson has a black belt in Gaidojutsu and was a two-time state wrestling champion in high school.
Experience will also be an interesting factor. Although Jorgensen has fought better opponents, Dodson has spent more time at flyweight and this could give him the edge, especially if Jorgensen has a difficult weight cut before the fight. Still, it is rare for fighters to have trouble dropping a weight class and I am confident that Young Guns will drop to 125 pounds with no problem.
If there is anything that could be a problem for Jorgensen in this fight is The Magician’s speed. We saw Dodson use his power and quickness to flatten Montague. We also saw Jorgensen have touble with Urijah Faber’s speed in his last fight. If Young Guns is not careful, the TUF winner may fire off a quick punch that leaves Jorgensen on the canvas.
Dodson will prove to be a great test for Jorgensen and determine if Young Guns can truly stand with the best 125-pound fighters in the world.
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