Jon Jones explains his hand injury; Rashad Evans talks fighting Phil Davis at UFC 133Posted on April 25, 2011, 11:47 PM by Joey Santosus
News broke earlier today that a hand injury has forced UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones to withdraw from his first title defense against his former Jackson's MMA teammate Rashad Evans. Following the announcement, Jones released a statement through Authentic Sports Management, in which he details the extent of the injury, as well as his decision to pull out of the bout.
"This is an injury that’s been recurring since I was a college wrestler, it doesn't affect my punching or grappling, but I am taking the time and the proper measures to correct this now, so that it doesn't happen again,” said Jones. “I look forward to getting back to training and to my first title defense. As for Rashad, let’s see what happens with Phil Davis. I will be watching that fight with great interest."
Evans, meanwhile, has been inactive since earning a unanimous decision victory over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 114 last May. The win put him in line for a title shot, however, when then-champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua required knee surgery, Evans elected to wait nearly a year on his return. Just as that match began to materialize though, Evans suffered an injury of his own and was replaced by Jones, who defeated Rua to become division Champion. With the opportunity to challenge for the title once again just out of Evan's reach, "Suga" shared his thoughts on his replacement opponent, Phil Davis.
"I’m looking forward to fighting Phil Davis August 6th at UFC 133, he’s a strong wrestler and a rising star in the Light Heavyweight division. I wish Jon Jones a speedy recovery, he has something that belongs to me and when he’s ready, I’ll be waiting."
Davis steps in fresh off a decision win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24. It was the former NCAA Division I national wrestling champ's fifth consecutive victory under the UFC banner, having previously beaten Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Rodney Wallace, and Tim Boetsch.
UFC 133 is set to take place August 6th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While there has been no official announcement, the Light Heavyweight clash between Evans and Davis will likely headline the stacked card, which will also feature Antonio Rogerio Nogueria vs. Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Photo: UFC fighter Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker