John Dodson MMA Car Crash Update

Back on July 4, 2021, we learned that John Dodson, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight competitor was in a tragic, near-death car accident with his whole family, and since released from the hospital.
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The MMA Fighter’s Car Accident Shocked Fans Around the World

[Page Updated 06/12/2022] MMA news was previously overflowing with news of the fighter John Dodson’s success in the sport, but last year, John Dodson fans were shocked to hear of the veteran’s near-death travel experience. Given the gruesome photos and details that the UFC veteran fighter and his manager released, many fans have relayed their sympathies and expressed their relief, indicating that the John Dodson family was lucky no one died in the automobile accident, and we are glad too.

Things could be far worse for John Dodson, so he let everyone know, reminded them how precious life was, and related how luck played a role in keeping John Dodson alive. So even though he mised his South Carolina fight card, he will live to see another day!

John Dodson’s Car Crashed While Traveling from New Mexico to Texas

John Dodson has spoken out for the first time about the horrific vehicle accident that nearly claimed his life and the lives of his wife and three children.

The Winner, John Dodson

The Season-14 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” and 17-fight UFC veteran, John Dodson was engaged in a high-speed car accident while traveling from New Mexico to Texas. It sent his entire family to the hospital, and they were lucky no one died.

John Dodson’s manager, Ricky Kottenstette announced the news and even started a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with healthcare and other expenditures. Fighter, John Dodson received much support after the tragic auto accident from his fans through the GoFundMe page.

About UFC Vet John Dodson

The MMA champion is a two-time UFC flyweight title contender and a winner of The Ultimate Fighter. In 2011, he entered the UFC through TUF, where John Dodson won the competition by winning against T.J. Dillashaw prior to his recent, near death accident.

Titles of John Dodson

Both of Dodson’s title defenses were against Demetrious Johnson. The first was in 2013 when a title challenger Johnson won by unanimous vote decision loss. John Dodson, was defeated a second was at the UFC 191 in 2015, when a unanimous decision dethroned his chances again.

The Agony of Defeat

The last time John Dodson fought in the UFC was at UFC 252 in August last year. Merab Dvalishvili defeated him in a unanimous decision as flyweight title challenger. Soon after, John Dodson was demoted from his position. He has 17 UFC fights and a 21-12 overall record.

How Did the Near Death Accident Occur According to UFC Vet John Dodson?

The MMA fighter released a public statement via several social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook and Dodson’s manager Ricky Kottenstette. He thanked the designers of the SUV, “Cuz it protected my family and me from dying.”

He said: “Life is short, and you don’t know when it’s gonna end,” … “So enjoy it while you can.”

He went on to talk about liability and fault, stating:

“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 hazzards light [sic.], 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…”

The Car Crashed into a Stationary Vehicle?

Yes. According to John Dodson, he was driving down the road with his family when they came across an immobile vehicle stuck in the middle of the road with no hazard lights, flares, or other warning signs to warn oncoming traffic. In other words, the John Dodson and family were involved in a car accident was a “near death” event with a fixed object at freeway speeds.

The Vehicle John Dodson Hit Was Left in the Middle of the Highway after Being Hit by an 18-Wheeler

The vehicle landed in the middle of the road after colliding with an 18-wheeler. Dodson’s SUV flipped over, causing significant damage. However, John Dodson and his family were not so severely harmed, as they could have been killed in the near death car accident.

But they will still have medical bills to rule out whether no one is seriously injured and need financial assistance to cover hospital and other recovery expenses from the devastating rollover. At least we know John Dodson will live to see another day based on the information so far!

The Family’s SUV Rolled Several Times

He indicated that the Dodson family vehicle rolled several times after the collision. Still, in a statement on his Facebook page, John Dodson wrote: “the median stopped us from rolling onto traffic going in the opposite direction.”

MMA champion, Jogn Dodson also indicated that the guy fled on foot after seeing Dodson’s vehicle rolled en route to Texas for a vacation with his wife and kids.

His Official Statement

Here is the statement UFC vet John Dodson made to ensure fans of his safety:

He said this —-

“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 hazard lights, 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 roll. I gotta thank infinite for the design of the SUV cuz it protected my family and me from dying. We’re just lucky no one died, and we can live to see another day and be reminded of how lucky we are. Life is short, and you don’t know when it’s gonna end, so enjoy it while you can. If you guys wanna help us out, there is a GoFundMe account that one of my friends has created to help us out since I’m outta my fight for July 30th. Thank you, everyone, for checking up on us, and we’re just lucky,” said tehformer UFC champ.
Word is that UFC Welterweight Tim Means donated $1,000 to the John Dodson Go FundMe efforts.

Consequences of the Near Death Car Accident

In his first appearance since leaving the UFC, John Dodson often referred to in MMA news as “The Magician,” was scheduled to work his magic at XMMA 2 but former UFC champ John Dodson was forced to withdraw early that Saturday related to new reporters.

Another XMMA Event

Dodson had agreed to fight Cody Gibson, a fellow UFC veteran, at an event on July 31. However, he has been compelled to withdraw due to the terrible accident, ending the John Dodson comeback fight promotion efforts.

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