UPDATE: Sunday, April 28, 1:50 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
After taking home the victory and a nasty injury, Jones took to Twitter to talk about his toe and show the people that helped treat him:
Got my big toe back intact :) twitter.com/JonnyBones/sta…— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 28, 2013
All done, heading out twitter.com/JonnyBones/sta…— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 28, 2013
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WARNING! Graphic photo of injury below.
White spoke more about Jones’ injury after the fight, “He wouldn’t have been able to go back out. They would have stopped the fight. A bone was sticking out of his toe.”
Does Jon Jones' injury make this victory even more impressive?
That’s never good.
While Jones stole the show with a dominant victory over one of the biggest trash talkers in the sport and his rival coach on The Ultimate Fighter, the defending champion was by far the luckiest man in the entire building.
White is 100 percent correct; if the referee saw Jones’ foot, the fight would have been stopped.
An injury that severe would have forced to fight’s conclusion in between rounds, and when a fight is stopped in that manner, it would have been Sonnen that walked away with the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
While the better fighter typically prevails in MMA, sometimes it’s the right combination of natural skill, hard work and a little bit of luck that leads to victory.
Jones had all three working at UFC 159.