UFC champ Jon Jones should be back in action in 6-8 weeks following grisly UFC 159 toe dislocation

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Doctors are saying that the UFC Light Heavyweight champ is lucky that he only dislocated his big toe in his one round TKO win over Chael Sonnen and he'll be back in fighting trim inside just a couple of months.

If you're still reeling with nausea and disgust after looking at Zombie Prophet's sickening gif of Jon Jones' injuring his big toe against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the latest medical news. This week's UFC Tonight featured Dr. Robert Klapper, Chief Orthopedic Surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Hospital talking about Jones' status (transcribed by MMA Mania):

"The rehabilitation involves putting the toe back into place. Line it up again. Because there's no fracture of the bone - it's just a dislocation - in six weeks it's healed, then you start range of motion and strengthening rehab. He'll be back to fighting in six to eight weeks."

That's good news.

As regards the controversy about the immediate response to Jones' injury that BE community member NickPT documented on Sunday, Vice's Fightland blog spoke to Dr. Michael Kelly who was the first doctor to enter the Octagon after the fight:

"I've read some of the criticisms that have been making their way around the Internet about what we should have done as doctors. I know there's a doctor who writes a lot about MMA but doesn't really cover any shows who always has a lot to say, and he derives most of his opinions from pictures on the Internet, which I think is somewhat irresponsible.

"The treatment for a compound fracture is to clean up the wound, have it set, and then use antibiotics to make sure there's no infection. I saw that somebody had said it was sutured and he was allowed to just walk on it. It wasn't the case. It wasn't sutured in the arena. Jones wasn't walking on an open wound. That sounds like a silly quote from someone who doesn't work many fights. Many fighters get cuts and wounds during their bouts and they're cleaned up and covered or sutured and allowed to go about their day. The wound was cleaned, it was dressed; there were no sutures placed at the event. The injury was splinted and closed and covered with a dressing, and arrangements were made to have him taken to the emergency room."

"As for the criticism that Jones shouldn't have been allowed to go to the post-fight press conference before going to the hospital, everybody that practices medicine knows that a patient has a right to autonomy and to make their own decisions. You can't force them to do anything. If he wanted to talk at the press conference, he had every right to, as does any other patient. You can't force them to go to the emergency room that second. If they're awake, alert, and oriented, and they can make a reasonable decision, they can decide when to go. It wasn't a life-threatening issue, contrary to the nonsense I've seen on the Internet. It's very funny when you're there looking at something and then you see what propagates and how things get twisted and distorted. But it happens from time to time. Everybody plays Monday morning quarterback."

There you have it.

Now the big question is whether or not the UFC will be able to get MMA regulated in New York this year so they can book that Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva super fight at Madison Square Garden that UFC president Dana White has been talking about.

Dave Meltzer addressed that possibility in the latest Wrestling Observer (subscription required):

Jones' next fight is unlikely to be delayed more than about six weeks from when it would have been. If the law to legalize MMA in New York at least gets a vote in the assembly (those in UFC say they have the votes to pass it and the belief is the Governor will sign it; the bill passed in the state senate easily), a mid-November date in Madison Square Garden is still on hold. Provided Anderson Silva beats Chris Weidman on 7/6, which is far from a guarantee, there is a good chance they would try and debut in Madison Square Garden with Jones vs. Silva.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed!

SBN coverage of UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen


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