Former title challenger John Dodson and his family were involved in a serious car accident that has put a hold on his return to the octagon.

Dodson’s manager Ricky Kottenstette took to Instagram and notified fans that Dodson and his family were involved in a car crash Friday evening. Thankfully, Kottenstette also reported that Dodson and his family were released from hospital Saturday morning.

Kottenstette established a GoFundMe page for Dodson and his family which has raised over $12,000 for the Dodson family, including donations from fellow teammates like Tim Means, Carlos Condit, and Michelle Waterson.

Kottenstette also gave some more details regarding the smash and the family’s current status on the GoFundMe page, see the full statement below:

“We have started this go fund me to help John Dodson and family. The Dodson’s were headed to Texas on vacation to visit family when they were involved in a near death accident with the whole family inside the vehicle. They were all released from the hospital this morning but will have a rough month of recovery and financial hardship ahead. They have totaled their family vehicle and unfortunately John will no longer be able to fight in his upcoming July 30th bout. We are asking for assistance to help them with their medical bills, financial assistance from being out of work and travel back to New Mexico. Let’s show these guys some [love].”

Dodson himself also made a statement on his Facebook, see below:

“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 Hazzards light, 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.. I gotta thank infinite for the design of the suv cuz it protected my family and I from dying. We’re just lucky no one died and we can live to see another day and be reminded on how luck 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 have 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.”

If there is anyone who feels like helping the Dodson family cover medical expenses and travel back to New Mexico, there is a link to the GoFundMe page below.

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