When John Dodson took out Darrell Montague Saturday night at UFC 166, it marked the first time the powerful flyweight had fought since January, when he lost by decision to champion Demetrious Johnson. Although Dodson picked up an extra 60K and “Knockout of the Night” for his latest win, the fighter relayed afterwards that he’s eager to fight again, ASAP.
Of course, Dodson isn’t the only fighter who wants to get in the Octagon more often, and following the event Dana White was asked to comment on the situation. The UFC President noted (comment via MMA Junkie.com):
“Our roster is too full,” White relayed. “Guys have to get fights.”
“Every time after a show we cut a guy, and they’re like, ‘F–k you, Dana White. You’re an idiot. This guy is’ – shut the f–k up,” he said. “Let us run our business. The roster’s too full, and we want to be good to guys that deserve to be good to.”
White then proceeded to bring up Yushin Okami, who was recently let go by the promotion, despite the fact he went 13-5 in the UFC. While some fans were on board with the fighter’s release, since Okami’s grinding style isn’t everybody’s favourite, others questioned how the UFC could let the long time contender go. After Okami’s release, White said it was due to the fact “Thunder” wasn’t “able to get over the hump” and had become sort of a “gatekeeper”.
“Guys like (Yushin) Okami – I like Okami a lot. He’s a great guy. But when guys lose, (or) when guys are at certain points in their career, or whatever it might be, guys have to be cut to thin this roster out, so guys like Dodson can continue to fight.”
So, bottom line, it seems like retaining a UFC roster spot is more competitive than ever. Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for all your UFC news and coverage.