Jon Jones pulls out of UFC 178 because of leg injury


Jon Jones (Matthew Sherwood/Associated Press)

The build-up to UFC 178 during which light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (20-1) was set to meet challenger Daniel Cormier (15-0) has been exciting, controversial and … delayed? Yes.

UFC officials rescheduled the fight that was to take place on Sept. 27 to Jan. 3 after Jones, according to MMAFighting.com, suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and a sprained ankle during training on Monday. While the injury is serious enough to warrant the several-month delay, it is unknown whether Jones will need surgery.

Of course, with their history of trash-talking, Cormier took the opportunity to sneak a verbal jab in on Jones after learning of the delay. He told MMAFighting.com:

“It’s very disappointing. I started to train very hard. It’s a little discouraging, but now I have time to get completely healthy. I don’t know how hurt Jon is but we have to remember that I took this fight with a pre-existing [knee] injury. I could have fought through it, I just wish he would have done the same.”

In place of Jones and Cormier, flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Chris Cariaso are now the main event.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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