Jon Jones To Have Surgery Friday, Hopes To Rebook Stipe Fight

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Jon Jones, UFC 285 media day Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones took to social media to announce that he will undergo surgery on Friday for a torn pectoral tendon. The injury took him out of his UFC 295 main event title defense fight against former champ Stipe Miocic.


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“First of all thank you to all the fans. Thank you to everybody who’s checked in with me to see how I was feeling.

Obviously very sad situation, very upset. But I’ve been through a lot of things in life, and injuries are a part of being an athlete. I want to thank the UFC for getting me in to one of the best doctors in the country.

Wanted to say thank you to Stipe Miocic for all the work that he’s put in. Also, sorry to Stipe and his team. Like I said, this comes with the territory.

The goal is to get surgery tomorrow (Friday) and get back to work as soon as possible,” was part of what Jones said in his video.

Jones suffered the injury while shooting for a takedown during sparring. He dropped for the takedown, then let out a quick yelp, and grabbed onto the pectoral muscle where he felt the pain.

UFC president Dana White posted a video of the injury happening during sparring.



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Jones expressed hope that his fight with Miocic will happen when he heals up from surgery.

“I guess it will be Stipe and I at a later date, and that’s my plan. Hopefully, these other heavyweights, (Tom) Aspinall and Sergei (Pavlovich) put it on a great show for you guys. I may even show up to the event to watch,” Jones said.

“But I love you all, and hey, your boy Jon Jones is doing ok.”

No official word from the UFC on when the fight could happen, but White mentioned in his video that Jones would be out for eight months.