For the second time in nine days, UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) apologized for disappointing his fans. Unlike when Jones asked for forgiveness for his role in last week’s impromptu rumble with Daniel Cormier inside the MGM Grand lobby, Jones expressed remorse Wednesday for something that was out of his control.
Jones recently suffered injuries to his leg and was forced to postpone his highly-anticipated showdown with Cormier from September 27 to January 3. Tickets for the event went on sale last week.
“I’d like to apologize to all the fans who were excited for UFC 178,” Jones posted on his official Facebook fan page. “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.”
While Jones doesn’t disclose the specifics behind his wounds, it has been reported by Sherdog.com that “Bones” suffered a torn meniscus and a sprained ankle while attempting to thwart a takedown by Alistair Overeem during practice.
No word on how long Jones will be forced to ride the pine. However, there shouldn’t be an issue getting a full training camp in for this tango with Cormier since the UFC already announced the new date.
UFC 178’s new main event features a flyweight scrap between champion Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso.