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    Posted March 14, 2013 by
    McPherson, Kansas
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    'The Bully Effect': Making it stop

    MMA fighter hogtied and pelted with paintballs


    UFC fighter John Dodson now knows how to handle himself in the Octagon.  With a current UFC record of 3-1 headlined previous UFC on Fox 6 event which was held in January.  He is now turning his focus on helping to fight bullying across the globe.


    Dodson knows about bullying first hand.  He was a victim of bullying as a kid growing up in Edgewood, New Mexico.  Dodson says that bullying is a cause that is near and dear to his heart since as a kid he was hogtied and pelted by paintball's at the hand of local bullies.


    Dodson also says as a kid in high school he was the new kid at a new school and while he was a happy go lucky kid other kids took that as being cocky and even arrogant which was far from the truth.  However, this got him in a lot of trouble and on the radar of bullies that wouldn't leave him alone.  But, Dodson wouldn't let the bullies win and even after being embarrassed, hogtied, and pelted with paintball's he focused on killing his bullies with kindness.


    Dodson will soon take that happy go lucky attitude into the ring for the UFC but until then he will focus on preventing bullying and keeping himself in fighting shape.

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