Despite incurring one of the nastiest looking injuries the Octagon has seen in quite some time at UFC 159, Jon Jones reportedly continues to recover from the dislocated toe he suffered while running through Chael Sonnen. Immediately following the injury, Jones was expected to be on the shelf for so long, there was even talk that Alexander Gustafsson might throw down with Lyoto Machida in the meantime. Now, if the light-heavyweight champ continues to heal up like he has been, his manager Malki Kawa says they’ve discussed Jones fighting, not once, but two more times in 2013. Say what now?
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Kawa reported that Jones still has to have his foot in a boot for about five more weeks, and after that they’ll have a better sense of what he can commit to for 2013. Kawa did say, however, that if all goes swimmingly:
“I’ll just tell you this, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jon fights two more times this year. That’s very aggressive and I know that’s crazy, but it’s something that he discussed with me and we talked about it. I told Superman to relax a little bit, you’re injured right now, but he’s got an aggressive timeline in his head. Certain goals and accomplishments that he wants and we’re looking to get that record.”
Crazy. Jones is of course hoping to break the title defense record that he and Tito Ortiz now share at five in his next bout. To that end, Kawa repeated what Jones has previously said, that the 25 year-old champ would rather fight Gustafsson than Machida (since he already choked out Machida less than two years ago; sort of a been there, done that). So, that would put Jones in a light-heavyweight bout with Gustafsson (or Machida) sometime after summer, and then apparently there’s an outside chance of him fighting once again. It’s for that fight that Kawa said “all the speculation can happen.”
How does Jones vs. Anderson Silva for the last card of the year sound?
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