The last time fans heard from UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones was this past weekend after “Bones” narrowly escaped a stiff Armbar attempt to beat Vitor Belfort in the main event at UFC 152. After the bout Jones’ limb was left in a sling and said to require additional medical attention as the result of the pressure applied during the failed submission.
While Jones still isn’t talking about the severity of the damage, in the opinion of coach/mentor Greg Jackson it appears Jones should be fine and won’t miss a significant amount of time while healing up from the damage.
“It didn’t dislocate or anything,” revealed Jackson in an interview with Sherdog. “I’m sure it’s just strained, and maybe a bursa sac or two went out, but I don’t think it’s going to be anything major.”
Jackson also admitted he was impressed with Belfort’s initial attack though not necessarily surprised by it.
“We had trained for the armbars. Vitor’s really, really good at it and was able to lock it on before Jon could really get his counter in. It was incredibly quick, and that’s a testament to Vitor’s skill. We had watched him and trained for it, but he was fast,” explained Jackson.
According to the list of medical suspensions attached to UFC 152, Jones can be cleared to return to competition with an x-ray of the affected arm and subsequent clearance from a doctor. He is expected to face Dan Henderson or Lyoto Machida in his next match-up.
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