The MMA world was dealt some incredibly bad circumstances last night (Tues., August 12, 2014) when news came that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had been forced out of his anticipated title fight against Daniel Cormier in main event of UFC 178 on September 27.
“DC” was quick to blast “Bones” for not fighting through the injury, as is challenger dealing with an ACL issue that will eventually require surgery. But while Cormier was able to put off going under the knife for the time being, Jones will not.
The champion is currently slated to have his torn left meniscus, which he injured training with teammate Alistair Overeem, operated on tomorrow. He made an apologetic post to his fans on Facebook, taking a moment to clarify his situation:
“I’d like to apologize to all the fans who were excited for UFC 178. Earlier this week, I suffered an injury while training for the fight. I’m having surgery tomorrow and I’m focused on recovering as quickly as possible. I look forward to getting back in the gym and defending my title on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas.”
So it seems like Jones’ injury is a serious one, quite a disappointment considering that his bout with Cormier was probably going to be one of the most watched MMA fights of all-time after their UFC 178 Media Day brawl spectacle.
The world’s No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Jones will not face “DC” in the main event of UFC 182 on January 3, 2015. Jones’ prior nemesis, No. 1-ranked Alexander Gustafsson, called out for the rematch he was originally scheduled for, but the UFC apparently confirmed that Cormier would still receive the fight.
Jones has yet to go into a title fight off of a serious injury, and this one may be the most pivotal of his remarkable career. Will he back to full strength in order to defeat “DC” early next year?
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