The Washington, DC based organization has been one of the most progressive companies when it comes to promoting the flyweight division. The UWC first featured the weight class in Feb. 2009, and on all their shows since.
John Dodson is a veteran of the Tapout reality show, and holds a 8-4 record in MMA. Due to his slight size the Greg Jackson product has often been forced to fight up in weight. This was the case in his UWC as he fought to a decision with current bantamweight champion Mike Easton. Despite controlling the fight with strikes the judges awarded the fight to Easton. Since then Dodson has gone 2-0 with impressive victories over flyweights Jose Villirisco and Jose Lujan.
Pat Runez made his mark on the MMA world in the Palace Fighting Championships’ flyweight tournament. His victory over Luis Gonzalez in the first round set up a finals match with top-ranked Rambaa Somdet. However, due to injury Runez instead fought, and defeated, Anthony Perales for the title at PFC 13.
UWC Redemption takes place on Oct. 3 from the GMU Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. The card also features a bantamweight title fight between champion Mike Easton and former WEC champion Chase Beebe.