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Dodson: I had kidney failure two times cutting to flyweight

John Dodson: "I’m not trying to go back down to 125 because my kidneys hurt a lot going down to that weight class. I had kidney failure two times. ... it sucks."
John Dodson

It's widely believed that UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will drop to superfight flyweight champ Demetrious 'Mighty' Johnson, perhaps this summer at UFC 226. MMA math is not a given. If A can beat B, and B can beat C, it doesn't necessarily mean that A can beat C. However, #8 ranked bantamweight John Dodson has beaten Dillashaw, and lost to Johnson, twice, and says the math tells him T.J. won't win.

“It’s funny that he wants to fight Demetrious Johnson because if I didn’t beat Demetrious Johnson and he couldn’t beat me, that means he can’t beat him,” said Dodson during a Facebook Fan Q & A, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “That’s the way I look at that.”

After losing to 'Mighty' twice, Dodson went back to bantamweight, never to return to fly.

"I’m not trying to go back down to 125 because my kidneys hurt a lot going down to that weight class," he explained. "I had kidney failure two times and it doesn’t feel too good. It sucks.”

Instead, he wants to defeat Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night 125 on Saturday, and then has his sights on Dillashaw.

“I’m trying to work that way,” said Dodson. “As soon as I get this win, I’m gonna try to work up that little ladder so I can knock [Dillashaw] down off that pedestal. Everyone’s on this ‘Killashaw’ pedestal and they think that he’s the greatest thing ever but they keep on forgetting this fist knocked him out and knocked him silly. He did the stanky leg, all wobbly. And he’s like, ‘That was luck!’ No, that wasn’t luck. That’s called skill. That’s what people do.”

The good news is Dodson didn't die from the kidney failure, and is not on dialysis forever. The bad news is that when you stress your kidneys to the point of failure and beyond, repeatedly, there is damage. The culture of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts has to be brought to a close. And the path out is California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster's 10 Point PlanIt works. The UFC supports it and will continue to adopt further parts of it. It's now up to athletic commissions across North America to bring it into use uniformly.

Image courtesy of adventure and lifestyle photographer Tom Bear.