Jon Jones opts out of hand surgery, hopes to fight again in 2011Posted on May 13, 2011, 04:14 PM by Joey Santosus
Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones has decided not to go ahead with the hand surgery that forced him to withdraw from his first title defense against Rashad Evans.
Jones' agent, Malki Kawa, broke the news today via Twitter.
According to reports, Jones made the trip to Las Vegas with expectations of going under the knife on Thursday, however once meeting with hand specialist Dr. James Vahey on Wednesday, an evaluation revealed that the champ's injuries did not necessarily require surgery after all.
Instead, Jones' hand has been fitted with a cast, which is expected to be removed in a month's time.
"To be quite frank, Jon never wanted to have surgery," Kawa tweeted. "Every doctor he saw was a UFC referred doctor, whose advice all along was to have the procedure done."
Jones, who defeated Mauricio Rua to capture the title at UFC 128, was originally scheduled to face former friend and Jackson's MMA training partner Rashad Evans, but announced last month that he would be unable to compete due to the lingering injury.
"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."
"Bones" will be unable to train until the cast is removed, however Kawa did say that he is hoping to return to action as soon as possible, "We immediately met with Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) the next day to get his next fight scheduled. He's not fighting Rashad. Rashad is still fighting Phil Davis."
While there is currently no exact date set for his return, Jones hopes make his first title defense before the end of 2011. If successful in his UFC 133 match-up with Phil Davis, Evans will likely retain his position as number one contender.
Photo: UFC fighter Jon Jones before his fight against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker