John Dodson Biography

August 26, 2020
First published on:August 26, 2020
by John Max

Facts of John Dodson

Birth Name John Thomas Dodson III
Birth Place Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Famous Name John Dodson
Mother Esperanza Montemayor
Net Worth $1 million
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession MMA Fighter
Currently Working For UFC
Currently Married Yes
Married to Chelsea
Children Three

John Thomas Dodson III, simply known as John Dodson or The Magician is an American MMA fighter who is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) under the Flyweight/ Bantamweight division. A professional since 2004, he made a name fighting mainly in the Southwest region. Currently ranked #15 in the UFC bantamweight rankings, Dodson was the winner of the Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.

Albuquerque, New Mexico native, John Dodson was born on 26th September 1984, under the star sign Libra. The thirty-five years old is an American by nationality who is half African-American, half Filipino. Regarding his physique, he stands 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) and weighs 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st). 

How Much Is John Dodson's Net Worth?

Signed to UFC since 2011, John Dodson has earned his wealth widely fighting the organization. His UFC career earning is disclosed below the table:

Date Event Earning Result Opponent
December 3, 2011 The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale $8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $40,000 Knockout of the Night bonus Win T.J. Dillashaw
May 5, 2012 UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller $15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus Win Tim Elliott
October 5, 2012 UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot $15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus Win Jussier Formiga
January 26, 2013 UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson $15,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus Loss Demetrious Johnson
October 19, 2013 UFC 166 $20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus Win Darrell Montague
June 7, 2014 UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov $20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus Win John Moraga
May 23, 2015 UFC 187 $20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus Win Zach Makovsky
September 5, 2015 UFC 191 $60,000 to show, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship Loss Demetrious Johnson
April 16, 2016 UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans $35,000 to show, $35,000 win bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship Win Manvel Gamburyan
October 1, 2016 UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson $38,000 to show, $8,000 from Lineker for missing weight, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship Loss John Lineker
April 22, 2017 UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov $38,000 to show, $38,000 win bonus, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship Win Eddie Wineland
November 11, 2017 UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis $20,000 to show, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship Loss Marlon Moraes
March 3, 2018 UFC 222 $42,000 to show, $42,000 win bonus, $10,000 fight week incentive pay Win Pedro Munhoz
September 8, 2018 UFC 228 $44,000 to show, $10,000 fight week incentive pay Loss Jimmie Rivera
February 23, 2019 UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos $44,000 to show, $10,000 fight week incentive pay Loss Petr Yan
February 15, 2020 UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2 $44,000 to show, $44,000 win bonus, $15,000 fight week incentive pay Win Nathaniel Wood
August 15, 2020 UFC 252 $46,000 to show, $15,000 fight week incentive pay Loss Merab Dvalishvili

To date, he has summoned $1,007,000 as his UFC career earning. Further, the MMA fighter earns much from endorsement and sponsorships, however, John has not revealed one. As of 2020, his net worth is approximately $1 million. 

Is John Dodson Married?

UFC Bantamweight fighter, Dodson is married to wifey, Chelsea with whom he shares three children: Delilah Skye and Aurora Rose. Scrolling through Dodson's Instagram, he wishes his wife a happy marriage anniversary on 7th July every year. The couple tied the knot in 2017.

John Dodson with his wife and children SOURCE: Instagram @johndodsonmma

Dodson often features his family pictures on his Instagram and has mentioned: "I love my family" on his IG bio. On the other hand, his wife has set her Instagram account private. 

Early Years

John Dodson was born to Esperanza Montemayor, a single parent. He grew up alongside his brother, Eric. in Albuquerque and later relocated to Edgewood, New Mexico with his family.

He enrolled at Moriarty High School in Moriarty, New Mexico, where he competed in track, football, and wrestling. Upon graduation in 2003, he attended the University of New Mexico while working at a local Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant.

UFC Career Highlights

  • The Ultimate Fighter 14 Bantamweight Tournament Winner
  • The Ultimate Fighter 14 Knockout of the Season
  • Fight of the Night 
  • 2X Knockout of the Night 

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