Being absent from your respective division's title scene is no laughing matter, especially when you're one of the most exciting fighters around.
For John Dodson, any extended period of time he spends on the sidelines means he'll be that much further away from another shot at UFC flyweight gold.
Following an injury to Dodson's original opponent, Ian McCall, "The Magician" was all set to take on former bantamweight mainstay Scott Jorgensen next weekend at UFC on FOX 9, but an apparent knee injury has derailed those plans.
"I have partial tears of my MCL and ACL," said Dodson in a recent Instagram video post, originally transcribed by Trent Reinsmith of Bloody Elbow. "Don't worry, I'm only going to be out eight to 10 weeks then I get back to training, and you get to see me back in the cage. Bam, let's get it."
Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog had initially broke the story of the injury a few days ago, but the details were uncertain.
It's truly a blow to Dodson's chances of getting the winner of Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez II, as he's the obvious choice considering how shallow the top of the flyweight crop heap continues to be.
In any case, eight to 10 weeks isn't devastating. Dodson is one heck of an athlete who should have no trouble regaining his Octagon explosiveness upon return.
Promotional newcomer Zach Makovsky will now fill in against Jorgensen.
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