UFC 166 fight card primer: John Dodson vs Darrell Montague

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow presents their UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos fight card primer, previewing all the action at this week's UFC 166 PPV. Here, we look at John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague.

UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos opens up with Flyweight action. Former #1 contender John Dodson (14-6 MMA; 3-1 UFC) welcomes newcomer Darrell Montague (13-2 MMA; 0-0 UFC) to the Octagon. The official UFC rankings have Dodson as the #2 contender at Flyweight while the debuting Montague is unranked. UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos airs live from Houston, Texas this Saturday, October 19 with the PPV main card starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Many hardcore fans have been looking forward to the UFC debut of Montague for awhile. Now that he's here, he finds himself in the unenviable task of debuting against the former #1 contender. Flyweight is a place where anything can happen, as rankings still feel quite a bit in flux. A Montague win would certainly be an upset, but you can't rule it out, either. That makes for a fun fight.

How do these two stack up?

Dodson: 29 years old | 5'3" | 66" reach
Montague: 25 years old | 5'6"

What have these two done recently?

Dodson: L - Demetrious Johnson (UD) | W - Jusier Formiga (TKO) | W - Tim Elliott (UD)
Montague: W - Jesse Miramontes (Sub) | W - Mamoru Yamaguchi (SD) | W - Taylor McCorriston (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Ultimate Fighter winner John Dodson is a Jackson's MMA product with close to a decade's experience in the professional ranks. As with most of the lower weight class fighters, he fought somewhat sporadically for years until the UFC brought him in. He's been very good in his run with the company, with his only loss coming against champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson. This is his first fight since that defeat in January. Dodson is an exciting fighter who looks to maintain his spot at the top of the 125 pound heap here.

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Darrell "The Mongoose" Montague is one of the fighters who has been on the radar for hardcore fans for awhile. He is a former Flyweight champion in Tachi Palace Fights, which was probably the best Flyweight division in the world prior to the UFC bringing it in. He lost the belt there to current UFC fighter Ian McCall and is 4-0 since that defeat. Montague is a talented fighter who adds great depth to the still developing division, but he is facing a tough challenge here for his debut.

Why should you care?

Flyweights are fun, and these guys are no exception. This should be a solid PPV opener to build up some excitement.

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