John Dodson
Bullying Survivor
Male | Albuquerque, NM   United States
Went from being bullied to The Ultimate Fighter Champion
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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1/19/13 8:18 PM
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My story starts out like so many others, new kid, at a new school, being that freshman who’s trying to get everyone to notice him. My problem was that I was getting noticed but not in the way that I wanted. The seniors didn't like me too much. They saw me as this arrogant kid who walked into their school ready to take it over. Couldn’t have been further from the truth; it just so happened that I was very outgoing person. I was always willing to talk to everyone and meet new people. It was the easiest way to make new friends.

During my freshmen year of high school, I was pushed around every day by the seniors who were on the football team. I used to get into fights with them all the time. They once took a rope and hog tied me and then shot me with paintballs, repeatedly. I remember coming home one day with rope burns around my neck and the only one who bothered to asked what was wrong with me was my younger brother. He wanted to know "if we had to go beat some fools up" in his caring tone of voice. I told him that we didn't have to do anything. They will come around. This is one day they’ll never forget when they picked on me. They will also remember the great things that I’m about to accomplish later this school year.

Each day I continued to be the same person, always cautious and focused, no matter what they tried to do they couldn’t break me down. Sure enough, when wrestling season came around, they saw the real me. But they also noticed that I never changed who I was as a person, I stayed the same. Those same guys realized they had to make some changes in their lives and you know what, they did. And we all love each other like brothers now. I could have chosen to hate them but there is one rule that I’ll always live by - stay true to who you are and never let them get under your skin.

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Posted By: MMAMANIA | 1/20/13 3:18 PM
Great story and man you are the magician.
Posted By: InnerChild | 1/21/13 11:03 AM
Love it! Always stay true to yourself!
Posted By: Cobra55 | 1/24/13 10:45 AM
So cool! Good luck at your fight John I will be rooting for you
Posted By: KornFedBoy | 1/24/13 2:30 PM
Dude is no joke ill be watching him on Saturday night since its free on FOX
Posted By: Mikie | 1/24/13 5:09 PM
Knock this dude out for me this saturday John!
Posted By: dragonking | 1/25/13 11:16 AM
We all got your back John dont ever let them get under your skin!
Posted By: GoodGraces | 1/29/13 3:07 PM
You are a great example of a man that should be admired. Wishing you all the luck and good fortune in your career
Posted By: ShawnW | 3/12/13 3:11 PM
Yep exactly!
Posted By: Rusty | 2/14/13 2:05 PM
I watched your fight and I think it ended unfairly I hope you get another shot because you deserve it! You lost with style and class though so now I am a huge fan of yours.
Posted By: USAdoll | 2/21/13 2:44 PM
Your fans love you John and its because you defy the odds and strive for greatness every day
Posted By: GoldenSteer | 3/08/13 1:31 PM
Watched your title fight against Might Mouse and it was great.Felt you were a bit cheated with the illegal knee to the head but you put on quite a show.Good luck in the future, Cheers!
Posted By: MizCeeDubUser Verified | 3/13/13 6:56 PM
Your awesome!!! Great story!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!
Posted By: Kissss | 3/18/13 11:46 AM
John you will have a gold belt around your waist very soon!
Posted By: resolve | 3/27/13 11:45 AM
He should have one already if the ref called a fair fight!
Posted By: AAways | 4/01/13 11:24 AM
Little guy with a HUGE heart
Posted By: Terrible22 | 4/04/13 1:39 PM
Went to 3 different high schools growing up and they were all hard to make friends because of the new kid problem. Things never came easy for us but it made us stronger!
Posted By: Toggle | 4/08/13 12:59 PM
He is a winner, belt or no belt
Posted By: UnMe2gether | 4/09/13 2:52 PM
I remember watching you on ultimate fighter but I missed your title fight. You are still an inspiration to so many people even thought you didnt win that fight
Posted By: Mum4all | 4/12/13 12:57 PM
I would hope to see him win another, his celebrations are entertaining
Posted By: Aisle7 | 4/15/13 1:00 PM
He deserves a 2nd chance!
Posted By: 2for1 | 4/25/13 2:58 PM
This man wil have a ufc belt in his career for sure.
Posted By: Salsita | 4/29/13 1:33 PM
I like to root for small fighters like John because im small and I feel like they are representing me
Posted By: seasonV | 5/31/13 9:52 AM
Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.
Posted By: MsHanson | 6/04/13 1:59 PM
I like that he points out that he didnt hold any resentment to the bullies and once they came around he was warm and welcoming.
Posted By: TellmeToo | 6/24/13 2:43 PM
I love watching guys like John fight because they have energy for days and never stop until the bell sounds
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Name: John Dodson
Age: 35
Country: United States
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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