Jon Jones Apologizes to Fans, Announces Surgery Set for Tomorrow

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Jon Jones Apologizes to Fans, Announces Surgery Set for Tomorrow
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has suffered a fairly serious knee injury that has pushed his grudge match with Daniel Cormier back from UFC 178 to UFC 182 and he feels for his fans in the situation. 

"Bones" posted on Facebook earlier this afternoon, apologizing to those who were looking forward to his September 27 showdown with Cormier, indicating that he will be undergoing surgery tomorrow to get healthy as soon as possible.

The champ suffered a torn left meniscus and a sprained ankle during wrestling practice at Greg Jackson's MMA yesterday, with the injury occurring as Jones was defending a takedown from ex-Strikeforce/K-1 heavyweight titleholder Alistair Overeem, per Sherdog.  

Cormier was anything but sympathetic in the situation, noting that he has been dealing with knee issues of his own and his arch-nemesis could've done the same, per MMA Fighting

Lost in the shuffle now is Alexander Gustafsson, who gave Jones all he could handle at UFC 165 in September, in what was almost unanimously named "Fight of the Year" by members of the MMA media.

Gustafsson was originally going to meet Jones in a long-awaited rematch at UFC 178, but was replaced by Cormier after he suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee

Based on this Instagram post, it seems pretty clear that Gustafsson is unhappy that the UFC will continue to deprive him of a rematch in favor of Jones vs. Cormier

Apparently @ufc thinks that acting like clowns on a pressconference will hype a fight more than doing the fight of the century, thats ridiculous

UFC 178 is now headlined by a flyweight title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso, per UFC.com

Was the UFC justified in pushing back Jones vs. Cormier until next year or should the company have rebooked Jones vs. Gustafsson II? 

 

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

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