John Dodson‘s manager Ricky Kottenstette, confirmed on Saturday that former UFC fighter John Dodson was involved in a serious car accident on Friday night.
According to Kottenstette, John Dodson and his family were driving from their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Texas for a family vacation, when they were involved in a devastating traffic collision.
“The Dodsons were headed to Texas on vacation to visit family, when they were involved in a near death accident with the whole family inside the vehicle”, Kottenstette wrote on a GoFundMe page, set up to help the Dodson’s recovery. “They were all released from the hospital this morning but will have a rough month of recovery and financial hardship ahead.”
“They have totaled their family vehicle and unfortunately John will no longer be able to fight in his upcoming July 30th bout.”
Dodson was set to face Cody Gibson in a bantamweight bout at XMMA 2 on 30th July at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. However, due to the injuries sustained by Dodson, which are currently publicly undisclosed, the fight has been cancelled. His opponent, Cody Gibson, took to twitter to send the following message to Dodson and his family. ” Super bummed that our fight is off but am glad he and his family are ok. It looks like I have a new opponent for the fight. I’ll donate what I can from the fight and encourage you all to help chip in as well.”
Super bummed that our fight is off but am glad he and his family are ok. It looks like I have a new opponent for the fight. I’ll donate what I can from the fight and encourage you all to help chip in as well. 🙏 https://t.co/Z6P02U7RiM
— Cody Gibson (@TheRenegade559) July 3, 2021
Hours after the incident, Dodson shedded some light on the situation. “Just letting everyone know we’re all alive and no one is seriously injured. The car we hit was left in the middle of the highway after that person hit an 18 wheel and another car crashed into it as well. He had no Hazzard light, no flares and no other warning to let us know. I hit the car and we rolled. I don’t know how many times but luckily the cables in the median stopped us from rolling onto traffic going the other direction. The guy fled on foot after he saw my vehicle rolled.. I gotta thank infinite for the design of the SUV cuz it protected my family and I from dying. We’re just lucky no one died and we can live to see another day and be reminded on how luck we are. Life is short and you don’t know when it’s gonna end so enjoy it while you can.”
For anyone interested in donating to the Dodson family’s GoFundMe page, click the link here.
George Glinski is the founder of popular bare-knuckle boxing blog toethelinebkb.com and works as a staff writer and post-fight interviewer for BKBtm. His contributions to mymmanews.com include MMA, boxing, bare-knuckle boxing and Lethwei, with a particular focus on the British scenes.