John Dodson will make his first appearance since departing the UFC in late July, fighting Cody Gibson on an XMMA show. The fight is one of two currently set for a card at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
Dodson competed in the UFC from 2011 to 2020, fighting 17 times in the promotion. He entered the UFC after winning Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Dodson was given a title shot in 2015, which he lost via unanimous decision to Demetrious Johnson.
His UFC run concluded after losing to Merab Dvalishvili in August of 2020. The fight was his third loss through five fights. It was reported in September that Dodson had parted ways with the UFC.
His opponent, Gibson, is also a former UFC fighter. He has been on the regional scene since 2016, having earned four wins through five fights in that time. His fight in July will be his first since 2018.
Another former UFC fighter in Justin Scoggins will compete at the event, fighting Keith Richardson in a bantamweight contest.
Scoggins competed in the UFC from 2013 to 2018, putting together a promotional record of four wins and five losses. He last competed twice in RIZIN, scoring a win and a loss in 2018 and 2019.
Richardson, like many people on the card, will be fighting for the first time in over a year. The regional scene journeyman has 30 fights as a pro, including 19 wins.