John Dodson suffered a knee injury in training on Tuesday. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Former UFC flyweight No. 1 contender John Dodson has suffered a serious knee injury and is out of a UFC on Fox 9 bout with Scott Jorgensen.
Sherdog.com learned of the injury on Tuesday evening from a source close to the fighter. Dodson hurt his knee during training at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday morning and was taken to the hospital almost immediately, according to the source.
No further details regarding the severity of the injury were available. The promotion officially announced that Dodson was out of his Dec. 14 matchup with Jorgensen later on Tuesday night. "Young Guns" is expected to receive a replacement opponent as soon as possible. UFC on Fox 9 takes place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., and is headlined by a flyweight title showdown between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.
Dodson last appeared at UFC 166, where he knocked out Octagon newcomer Darrell Montague 4:13 into the opening round of their 125-pound tilt. Prior to that, “The Magician” challenged Johnson for flyweight gold at UFC on Fox 6 in January, dropping a five-round decision to “Mighty Mouse” in Chicago.
Note: This story was updated at approximately 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 3 to include the UFC's official announcement regarding Dodson's injury.