UFC vet John Dodson ‘lucky no one died’ in accident, shares details

John Dodgson has made his first comments on Friday’s serious car accident that killed his wife and three children as well as his life.

Dodgson, a 17-fight UFC veteran and winner of Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, was involved in a highly dangerous vehicle collision while traveling from New Mexico to Texas that left his entire family in the hospital.

The fighter’s manager, Ricky Cottonstate, broke the news on Saturday, as well as shared a GoFundMe.com page to help with medical and other expenses for the family. There are currently over $8,000 in donations to the $50,000 goal.

Hours later, Dodgson posted a statement on the accident with some horrifying details on how the situation happened, and how close he and his family came to death.

Just letting everyone know that we are all alive and no one is seriously injured. The car we hit was left in the middle of the highway, when the man hit 18 wheelers and another car also crashed into it. He had no hazard lights, no flares, and no other warnings to tell us. I hit the car and we rolled over. I don’t know how many times but luckily the cable in the median stopped us from rolling over to traffic going in the other direction. The man fled on foot after seeing my vehicle rolling.. I must give infinite thanks to the design of the SUV as it protected my family and saved me from dying. We are lucky that no one died and we can live to see another day and be reminded how lucky we are. Life is short and you never know when it will end so enjoy it as long as you can.

The 36-year-old was supposed to start his post-UFC stint with a matchup against Cody Gibson at XMMA 2 on July 30, but injuries from the accident forced him to withdraw.

Gibson issued a statement of support to Dodgson, and encouraged others to donate to his crowdfunding page (via Twitter🙂

Very disappointed that our fight is over but I am glad that he and his family are fine. Looks like I have a new opponent to fight. I will donate as much as I can from the fight and encourage all of you to help as well. 🙏

Dodson has yet to provide precise details about the injuries caused by the accident, or how it may affect his fighting future.



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