LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones has been one of the UFC’s most active champions, but his length of time for his return after his most recent title defense may turn out to be lengthy.
Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) injured his toe in his UFC 159 win over Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC). But now it appears the damage could have him on the shelf for perhaps even a half-year.
UFC President Dana White on Thursday said his light heavyweight champion, currently in Russia and scheduled to return to the States this weekend, has ligament damage in the toe he injured in the fight, and that type of injury comes with an unspecified time table for return.
“We talked (Wednesday),” White said of Jones. “His thing is, he says he feels great and the toe’s healing good. But the problem was that ligament. That ligament popped. Anywhere you tear a ligament, blood flow helps the thing repair itself and heal, and you don’t get a lot of blood flow at the toe.”
But as for when Jones might be able to return and defend his title – going after a 205-pound record sixth straight defense – White isn’t sure.
“Who knows – this thing could be six weeks, or it could be six months,” White said. “It’s a pain in the ass. It’s always some crazy little thing. He’s in Russia, and when it gets back he’s getting an MRI done on his toe again.”
Jones beat Sonnen handily with a first-round TKO in Newark, N.J., in late April. But it wasn’t until after the fight was over, while being interviewed by Joe Rogan, was the toe injury noticed.
After winning the title against Mauricio Rua at UFC 128, Jones has successfully defended the belt against Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort before making quick work of Sonnen.
In UFC title fights, Jones has fought on average once every four months or so. But if White’s early high-end prognosis comes to pass, it could wind up being the longest length of time Jones has ever gone without a fight in his pro career.view original article >>
Stipe Miocic simply wants to get paid what he feels is right as the UFC heavyweight champion.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is benched for two months following his 10th-round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is facing a potential four-year suspension and the loss of his undisputed title. But to read his Twitter feed on Sunday, you’d think he had not a care in the read news >>
After serving an 18-month suspension some yhought was too harsh, ex-UFC-champ Lyoto Machida chooses to focus on the positives of time away.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
Last week hosted one of the biggest combat sports extravaganzas of all time, but it wasn't all fun and games. There was a dark cloud hanging over those festivities in the form of the announcement tha read news >>
“Mighty Mouse” has no interest in hopping on the Jon Jones-bashing train following the 205-pound champ’s latest failed drug test.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Is Jon Jones, as Joe Rogan claimed, the biggest (expletive) up in all of MMA history? And what’s it going to take to get Conor McGregor back in the UFC? Plus, what’s at stake in a return to UFC actio read news >>
Why would Jon Jones fail a pre-fight drug test that he knew about while passing two surprise tests weeks earlier? Could a tainted supplement really be to blame, or did he take one thing thinking it w read news >>
After nearly a month off surrounding the boxing super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the UFC is back with UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam. The trip to the Netherlands, fittingly, read news >>
New details reportedly emerged Friday regarding Jon Jones' drug test following his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier. Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, citing multiple sources, reported Jones passed a read news >>