UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Virginia is suddenly looking to be the most stacked Fight Night card of the year. The most recent addition? Bantamweight standouts Marlon Moraes and John Dodson will go to war at the November event. Dodson, a former two-time flyweight title challenger in the UFC, and Ultimate Fighter winner, announced the news on his official Twitter page.
— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) September 1, 2017
32-year old Dodson (19–8) is 2-1 in the UFC since returning to the bantamweight division where he began his career. At flyweight in the UFC he became one of the top contenders, but was unable to best longtime champion Demetrious Johnson, despite getting two cracks at “Mighty Mouse.”
Most recently, Dodson fought Eddie Wineland to a unanimous decision victory at UFC Fight Night 108 in April.
In Marlon Moraes, he’ll be meeting one of the standouts of the now-defunct World Series of Fighting (which has since become the Professional Fighters League). Moraes (18–5–1) was the inaugural WSOF bantamweight champion, and was undefeated in the promotion. In his UFC debut at UFC 212 in Brazil, however, he had a thirteen fight winning streak snapped when he dropped a split decision to Raphael Assunção.
Dodson vs. Moraes joins an absolutely stacked UFC Norfolk card, including Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier in the main event. The show takes place November 11 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.