Jon Jones has had surgery on his elbow, delaying his UFC return even further.
Bones pulled out of his UFC 295 fight with Stipe Miocic after injuring his pectoral muscle during a sparring session. He was set to make his first title defense after beating Ciryl Gane at UFC 285. Jones required surgery, which was a significant setback since he had been away from the sport for three years before returning to beat Gane. Now Jones has reassured his fans that he will be back.
🚨| Jon Jones has revealed he underwent surgery on his left elbow earlier today.
He says the recovery is around 10 weeks and got it done as he knew he was going to be out anyway so he thought he’d "kill two birds” whilst he also recovers from his torn pec.#UFC #MMA pic.twitter.com/6rIBymAHWy
— MMA Orbit (@mma_orbit) January 8, 2024
“Back out here in California with Dr. [Neal] ElAttrache, this time instead of doing a pec repair, we are working on my left elbow. I’m actually about one hour off the table. We had a two-hour surgery shaving down some bone spurs. The good news is it’s about a 10-week healing process, and I’m out for months anyway, because of this pec surgery, so I thought I’d just kill two birds and get this elbow taken care of once and for all.
“I appreciate all the support. Your boy’s back in the sling, back on this recovery journey. Still on this recovery journey. Sometimes you have to take a small step back in order to move forward, and I’m patient. I appreciate you guys support, your love and your positive energy, and I will be back. Love you all,” Jones said
Dana White ruled out stripping Jones after Tom Aspinall wanted to face Miocic for the title, with the winner then facing Bones. But the surgery keeps Aspinall waiting longer. The Brit has recently returned from a major knee injury against Curtis Blaydes. He followed that up with first-round stoppage wins over Marcin Tybura and Sergei Pavlovich. Now, Aspinall must decide to defend his interim title or wait to face the winner of Jones-Miocic.
Vacate the title and leg Aspinall have it. When he is recovered, jones vs stipe can be a main event ‘exhibition’ match. Does anyone really care bout jones having a title defence against an old stipe?
— CHARLES DO BRONX OLIVEIRA (@MMA__Casual) January 8, 2024
Strip him and make Aspinal champ
— Bosshog (@bosshogmma) January 9, 2024
They should call him Jon ''Broken Bones'' Jones now
— SportyPro (@CanadiansFanNo1) January 9, 2024