Ray Borg coach credits John Dodson as key player in prep for UFC champ Demetrious Johnson

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LAS VEGAS – Ray Borg didn’t have to look far for advice on what it’s like to face UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Jackson Wink MMA striking coach Brandon Gibson said Johnson’s two-time opponent, John Dodson, played a key role in Borg’s preparation for his title fight Saturday at UFC 216.

“He’s gone in there and pushed Ray in the hard rounds,” Gibson told reporters at open workouts for Borg’s (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) fight against Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view co-headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “Dodson’s one of those guys I think can show speed similar to Demetrious, with power behind it.

“So it’s been great having Dodson in the gym. He’s taken Ray under his wing like a little brother, and he’s given him a lot of insight on what he felt in those 50 minutes.”

That insight stops short of victory, of course. Johnson defeated Dodson on two separate occasions, bringing the team to 0-3 against the champ and his camp at AMC Pankration.

Still, you could do worse for advice. Dodson managed to drop Johnson multiple times in their first meeting. Borg can use all the help he can get.

Watch the above video for Gibson’s thoughts on the fight.

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John Dodson says he's fighting Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 120 in Virginia

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This fall’s UFC Fight Night 120 lineup has an intriguing bantamweight addition.

Former flyweight title challenger John Dodson (19-8 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is slated to fight former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes (18-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the November show.

Dodson recently announced the fight following a report from Farah Hannoun (via Twitter):

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Dodson, who’s No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, is 2-1 since moving up to bantamweight following a 2015 title loss to 125-pound champ Demetrious Johnson. In his most recent bout, the 32-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA fighter and “TUF 14” champion rebounded from a split-decision defeat to John Lineker with a unanimous-decision victory over Eddie Wineland in April.

He now meet No. 8-ranked Moraes, a longtime WSOF champ who made his long-awaited UFC debut – while sporting a 13-fight winning streak – in June. The 29-year-old Brazilian, who set a WSOF record with five consecutive title defenses, then suffered a narrow split-decision defeat to fellow contender Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212.

The latest UFC Fight Night 120 card includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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