There have been two major blows for the flyweight division this week. After Ali Bagautinov was suspended for a year for a failed drug test, #1 ranked 125-pounder John Dodson will also be out for up to a year after undergoing ACL surgery. Dodson, who has won two straight, had the surgery on Wednesday to repair damage to his knee and a torn meniscus, with the top contender set to miss six-to-eight months and will not be able to fight for around a year, according to FOX Sports.
After his impressive second round TKO win over John Moraga in June, a rematch with Demetrious Johnson was on the horizon. With the ACL surgery and lengthy spell on the sidelines, however, it seems that the UFC will match Johnson up with another contender. Dodson lost a competitive decision against Johnson in a fun fight, and was able to knock the champion down twice in the second round. The fight won Fight of the Night, and many fans have been eagerly awaiting a rematch.
Unfortunately, the rematch will have to wait. For Johnson, however, a rematch with the winner of Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett could be next – with Johnson drawing and defeating the former in their two flyweight bouts, and losing to the latter in a bantamweight fight. The pair are set to meet at UFC Fight Night Dublin, and the winner could fight for the title next.
John Dodson told FOX Sports,
“I’m looking at six to eight months of me actually being out before I can start going back in the gym and going hard and stuff. About a year (before a fight),”
Since winning the TUF 14 crown against current bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, Dodson has won four of his five bouts in the flyweight division and established himself amongst the upper echelon. The Jackson-Winklejohn teammate may wish to take a tune-up fight upon his return, before fighting for the title.