Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a strained ligament in his right elbow when Vitor Belfort caught him in an arm bar at UFC 152. Jones did not tap to the submission attempt.
UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones found himself caught in a tight arm bar attempt by Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. Although Jones did not tap, it was quickly apparent that Belfort had succeeded in hurting Jones' arm. Jones favored his right arm for the rest of the match and struggled to put on his t-shirt after the bout. The only time Jones did not seem to be protecting his wounded wing in the remainder of that bout was when he used it to slap on a brutal Americana submission lock that forced Belfort to tap out.
Jones appeared in a sling at the post fight press conference but did not see a doctor until a few days after the event due to his travel plans. The details of the injury were slow to emerge but now, at last, Jones' manager Malki Kawa has revealed the details.
MMA Fighting has the scoop:
Nearly a month later, Jones knows the extent of his injury: A strained ligament in his right elbow. That was the diagnosis of a Los Angeles doctor who checked Jones out last week, according to Malki Kawa, Jones' agent.
Ariel Helwani first broke the news on Fuel TV's Inside the UFC and had a little more detail:
"Jon Jones went to a specialist in Los Angeles last Monday to get another opinion on that injured arm of his and basically the diagnosis is this: he has ligament strain in his elbow, but no surgery needed, no tears. He will need some rehab on the arm he was complaining of soreness, it was bothering him a lot, but he has a lot of time to rehab, but that's the final diagnosis."
Kawa confirmed that the seriousness of the injury played a role in Jones' decision to coach The Ultimate Fighter.