Jon Jones Injured, Title Fight Delayed to Jan. 3 [Details]
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones suffered an injury in training camp this week, forcing him out of his Sept. 27 title defense against top contender Daniel Cormier. The fight has been moved to UFC 182 on Jan. 3.
The news was first reported on FOX Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame.” According to reports, Jones suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and a sprained ankle during wrestling practice on Monday and it is unclear whether he will need surgery.
Arguably the most anticipated fight in UFC history, Jones vs. Cormier was intriguing for a number of reasons. Cormier probably would’ve been Jones’ toughest test to date. A former Olympic wrestler, Cormier is undefeated with a record of 15-0 and spent most of his career competing as a heavyweight before dropping down to the 205-pound division.
Interest in the fight grew exponentially last week after Jones and Cormier brawled in the lobby of the MGM Grand Garden Arena and then had a war of words on and off camera.
As a result, Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso for the UFC flyweight title has been moved from the UFC 177 co-main event on Aug. 31 to the main event of UFC 178, per the UFC. This is the second change to the main event of UFC 178, as Jones was originally scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson before Gustafsson injured his knee and was replaced by Cormier,