UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a gruesome toe injury during his title defense against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in April and his recovery time is still not set in stone. If the damage isn’t revealed to be too severe, it could be a few months until Jones returns to the octagon. Unfortunately, there is also a chance that the champ could be on the sidelines for up to half a year.
UFC president Dana White shed some light on Jones’ status when speaking with the media today.
“We talked (Wednesday),” White said, via MMA Junkie. “His thing is, he says he feels great and the toe’s healing good. But the problem was that ligament. That ligament popped. Anywhere you tear a ligament, blood flow helps the thing repair itself and heal, and you don’t get a lot of blood flow at the toe.”
White went on to say that Jones is getting ready to undergo another MRI when he gets back to the states to check to full extent of the damage.
“Who knows – this thing could be six weeks, or it could be six months,” White said. “It’s a pain in the ass. It’s always some crazy little thing. He’s in Russia, and when it gets back he’s getting an MRI done on his toe again.”
Hopefully the time frame for his recovery will be closer to six weeks. It was earlier today that White said Jones could take on Anderson Silva in a superfight later this year, but any hopes of that big fight in 2013 would go out the window if he was out for six months.