UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is on the road to recovery after suffering one of the nastiest in-cage injuries in promotion history during his last fight at UFC 159 on April 27.
During the midway point of his fight against Chael Sonnen on the card held in New Jersey, when Jones stepped down and landed awkwardly, the big toe on his left foot literally popped loose.
The images of the injury were unsettling to say the least, but following the event, the good news was that the toe separation didn't seem to cause any kind of permanent damage and was mostly a superficial wound.
On Tuesday, Jones provided an update on his condition via Twitter after his latest visit with doctors, and it appears the champion is on pace to heal fairly quickly after what seemed like a gruesome injury at the time.
Loving my new heavy duty boot!! great news from the doctors today twitter.com/JonnyBones/sta…— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 7, 2013
The alignment of my bones are healing spot on and the skins closing with no infections— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 7, 2013
On a recent episode of UFC Tonight, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Klapper stated that Jones' injury was actually a dislocation and not a break and the healing time would likely be six to eight weeks.
Judging by Jones' latest update, those estimates seem to be right on track.
For now, while he's not able to train or prepare for a fight, Jones is keeping busy in other ways.
The UFC's reigning 205-pound champion teased about a "big meeting" in Chicago on Wednesday, with a potential new sponsor coming on board.
Jones will then travel to Russia on May 23, his first trip to the country, for a seminar being held at a gym there.
While Jones doesn't appear to be slowing down and his injured toe won't keep him out of action for very long, there has still been no word from the UFC about when he will get back in action again.
Jones' next fight appeared to be a rematch with former UFC champion Lyoto Machida following his win over Dan Henderson at UFC 157. Following Jones' injury, however, it seemed Machida was anxious to fight again, and a potential No. 1 contender's fight against Alexander Gustafsson was possibly on the agenda.
No announcements have been made by UFC officials regarding either fight being signed, so for now, Jones will continue to heal and the light heavyweight division will attempt to find a top contender to face him next.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.