For those of you riding the “Bones” bandwagon, and there seems to be plenty more of you after he submitted Vitor Belfort at UFC 152, it appears light heavyweight king Jon Jones’ (Pictured) arm injury won’t keep him on the sidelines for too long.
Although UFC president Dana White is no physician, his understanding is that Jones’ right limb isn’t that banged up from Belfort’s armbar attempt.
“I don’t know all the details yet, but it’s nothing horrible – or I would’ve heard already,” White expressed following Thursday’s press conference in England. “He wanted to see his doctor first. Then we’ll fly him out to the west coast and see our doctor.
“I just don’t see him being out that long. It doesn’t seem like it’s gonna be that bad. Believe me, if it was gonna be [bad], he’d be in some serious pain and we’d know. I don’t think it’s gonna be that bad, which is amazing considering that armbar.”
Jones survived an early scare last Saturday in Toronto. Belfort was on his back in the opening round when he abruptly caught Jones in a tight armbar.
The 25-year-old claimed during the post-fight press conference that he wasn’t planning on tapping and was just waiting for his arm to snap. Luckily for Jones, it never came to that – although he did hear his arm “pop.”
That pop turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the skyrocketing superstar. Belfort admitted he lost leverage in the lock following the pop.
Jones rallied to post an Americana submission in the fourth frame. The victory marked his fourth consecutive title defense and fifth straight win over a former UFC champion.