Jon Jones injury update: elbow needs second look

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones injured his elbow in his UFC 152 win over Vitor Belfort. How severe is the injury?

More than two weeks have passed since UFC 152, and we still haven't received a full report on the severity of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' arm injury. Jones got caught in a nasty armbar by opponent Vitor Belfort in the first round, but managed to escape and went on to win the bout in the fourth. The 25-year-old had his arm in a sling at the post-fight press conference, and it was said that night that he might have some sort of nerve damage. Last evening, UFC Tonight on Fuel TV tried to bring some clarity to the situation:

"According to Jones' wrestling coach, Izzy Martinez, the injury Jon Jones suffered at UFC 152 was just a strain with no ligament damage. However ... Jones requires a follow up examination in Los Angeles, because, for whatever reason, the camp was told the first procedure may have been incomplete. As of this taping, no word on how that procedure went."

That answers some questions, but offers up a few more. If there was no ligament damage, it's unlikely that Jones would be out for a long period of time. The followup examination is kind of odd though. Either way, I think we'd know by now if he required surgery, so hopefully he should be ready to go soon. Now it becomes a matter of a) does he want to take a break after a long line of title defenses over the last year; and b) who the heck is the next challenger going to be?

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