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Pic: John Dodson in ‘near-death’ car accident, removed from next MMA fight

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UFC 191 Weigh-in Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

John Dodson’s MMA return has been postponed after the former UFC flyweight title challenger was involved in a serious automobile accident Friday night.

On Saturday, Dodson’s manager, Ricky Kottenstette, revealed on social media that “Magician” and his family were part of a near-death car accident while traveling to Texas for vacation. Fortunately, Dodson and his entire family were released from the hospital on Saturday.

Kottenstette posted the following photo to social media as well, which shows Dodson’s wrecked vehicle flipped on its side:

@johndodsonmma and his family were in a serious accident last evening. Let’s show them some love thru this tough time. @gofundme is in my bio.”

As stated in his Instagram post Kottenstette has set up a GoFundMe page to assist the Dodson’s financially. Details can be found below:

We have started this go fund me to help John Dodson and family. The Dodson’s 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. 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. We are asking for assistance to help them with their medical bills, financial assistance from being out of work and travel back to New Mexico. Let’s show these guys some [love].

In addition, Dodson has been removed from his upcoming fight on July 30 at a XMMA event in Greenville, South Carolina. It was expected to be Dodson’s first MMA fight after being released from UFC back in Sept. 2020. The 35-year-old produced a 10-7 record under the UFC banner while losing two flyweight title fights against the legendary Demetrious Johnson.

Stick with Mania for more updates on Dodson’s condition and eventual MMA return.