Video: UFC champ Jon Jones says knee surgery was a success
Jon Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) went under the knife for the first time in his career on Thursday, and from all indications, it was a success.
The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, who earlier this week was forced out of a highly anticipated UFC 178 title defense opposite Daniel Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) due to a torn meniscus in his knee, required surgery to repair the damage.
Following the conclusion of his surgery, Jones took to his official Instagram account to share a video update on how he’s feeling.
Jones is expected to make a complete recovery in time for UFC 181 on Jan. 3, the rescheduled date in which he’s finally expected to settle his grudge with Cormier.
Just days after his dramatic brawl with “DC” inside the lobby of Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, UFC officials announced Jones had been forced out of the 205-pound championship contest, which was expected to go down Sept. 27 in “Sin City.”
According to Jones’ head coach Greg Jackson, the injury occurred while training with UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, and not in the brawl as some had speculated.
Should Jones return to full health for UFC 182 in January, it will mark his longest layoff from competition since he turned professional in April 2012. He last fought at UFC 172 in April, where he dominated Glover Teixeira for five rounds to record his seventh consecutive title defense.
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