According to Jon Jones’ management team, the UFC light heavyweight champion has a torn tissue in his right hand, in the area between his thumb and forefinger. Instead of defending his crown against Rashad Evans, who is also represented by Authentic Sport Management, Jones has decided now is the perfect time to allow the nagging injury to heal.
“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,” Jones stated. “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.”
The press release did not mention whether surgery would be required to repair Jones’ haymaker. However, the general free of the presser leads one to believe a little R&R will do the trick.
No timetable has been set for Jones’ his return.
(UPDATED 4/25/11 4:07PM PT):
Jones just tweeted the following:
“I’m a young athlete with years of competition ahead of me, addressing all small Injuries will play a huge role in me having a long, successful and healthy career – I’d like to think all my friends and supporters for their patience and understanding.”