One-time UFC flyweight title contender John Dodson isn’t likely to be the next man to face Demetrious Johnson for the title, as The Ultimate Fighter winner is set for surgery instead.
Dodson told FOXSports.com that he will need to undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL, and is “looking at six-to-eight months” before he can train again.
“About a year (before fighting again),” Dodson added.
Dodson (16-6) suffered a decision loss to Johnson for the flyweight title, but has rebounded with wins over Darrell Montague and John Moraga to gain a strong standing in the division. The injury actually happened prior to a planned December fight with Scott Jorgensen that Dodson was forced to pull out of.
“I ended up tearing my ACL and my MCL before the Scott Jorgensen fight and then when I was getting ready for this fight against John Moraga, I didn’t know it was going to be too much of a problem but then when I threw that first kick, I felt my knee pop when I threw that first kick in that first round and that’s when I felt it go out,” Dodson said. “It popped again that Monday after the fight when I went to go run.I was running, running and then I heard I pop again and I was like maybe I need to tell somebody and my manager forced me to go to the doctors and get it checked it out and get the final opinion on it.”
Dodson was the Season 14 winner of The Ultimate Fighter, capturing the title at bantamweight. He is a two-time “Knockout of the Night” winner and one-time “Fight of the Night” winner.