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Jon Jones’ Return Could Be Delayed By Ligament Damage

Kelsey Mowatt

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Jon Jones may be eager to fight again this fall, and possibly twice before the year is up, but according to Dana White the light-heavyweight champ’s return could be delayed. Jones is of course recovering from a dislocated toe he incurred while storming through Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 last month.

While speaking at a media event Thursday to promote this Saturday’sUFC 160, UFC President Dana White reported the following about Jones’ recovery (quote via MMA

“He says he feels great, the toe’s healing good, but the problem is that ligament. That ligament popped. Anytime you tear a ligament, blood flow helps repair the thing and heal, and you don’t get a lot of blood flow to the toe. Who knows? This thing could be six weeks, it could be six months. It’s a pain in the ass, man. Always some little, crazy thing.”

White added that Jones will undergo a MRI when he returns from vacationing in Russia, and that the scan should provide more details as to when the light-heavyweight champ can return.

Jones has said he wants to fight again this fall and hopes to set a new record of six successful title defenses. After that the 25 year-old superstar plans to examine his options in terms of moving to heavyweight or booking a superfight. Of course, if Jones can’t start training again for a few more months, his next bout would likely be pushed back to the end of 2013.

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