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(UFC originally stated Dodson would receive no show money. Story updated at 8:17 ET to reflect UFC’s clarification that he will receive a portion.)
John Dodson lost out on more than just a co-main event spot at UFC Fight Night 125 through no fault of his own. He also lost out on a full paycheck.
Dodson made 135 pounds without issue today for his bantamweight bout with Pedro Munhoz, who came four pounds above the non-title limit at 140. That resulted in the fight being scratched from Saturday’s FS1-televised event at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil.
After UFC officials originally told MMAjunkie that neither Dodson nor Munhoz would receive their purses following Munhoz’s weigh-ins miss today, the promotion has clarified that Dodson will receive a portion of his “show” money, though the amount was unspecified. Dodson also is still in line to receive his Reebok Athlete Outfitting pay.
The UFC was hoping the fight would go on as planned, with Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) set to receive 20 percent of Munhoz’s contracted “show” money, as well as 20 percent of his opponent’s “win” money if the result went that way. But Dodson declined to take the fight against the five-pounds-heavier Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) in the final fight of his UFC contract.
“He came in five pounds over weight,” Dodson said, according to MMAWeekly.com. “Originally, they told me he was three pounds (over), and I gave him the benefit of the doubt and said, ‘Oh, he’s 139?’ They said he’s more like 140-point-something. I’m guessing he’s in the ballpark figure around 141. He’s not bantamweight now, he’s a featherweight, first. Second, I made all the sacrifices and did my job to make weight, and he chose not to.”
Dodson is hopeful the fight can be rebooked at UFC 222, which takes place March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The Dodson situation follows Vitor Belfort, who didn’t receive his “show” money after opponent Uriah Hall failed to reach the scale last month at UFC Fight Night 124. The UFC did, however, cover his camp costs.
Tim Elliott faced a similar situation last month at UFC on FOX 26, when Pietro Menga failed to weigh in for their flyweight bout. Elliott received his “show” money but not his full fight purse.
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