John Dodson went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus as well as his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on Wednesday, putting him out of action for at least six to eight months.
The news is especially discerning for a UFC weight class that severely lacks contenders for Demetrious Johnson’s title.
In a report by FoxSports.com, Dodson revealed how the injury came about.
“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.
Dodson has only lost once while fighting under the Zuffa banner; the defeat came against none other than “Mighty Mouse” at UFC on Fox “Johnson vs. Dodson” in January of 2013.
Since the defeat, “The Magician” has made quick work of his next two opponents, Darrell Montague and John Moraga, finishing both with his explosive punching power.
The victories all but put the 29-year-old next in line for the 125-pound title.