Jon Jones Undergoes Elbow Surgery Delaying His UFC Return

January 9, 2024
2 months
Jon Jones Undergoes Elbow Surgery Delaying His UFC Return

Jon Jones has undergone elbow surgery, another setback for his UFC return.

The UFC heavyweight champion pulled out of his fight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 after injuring his pectoral muscle in sparring. The UFC allowed Jones to keep his title as Dana White dismissed calls for him to be stripped. Bones underwent surgery with the hope of returning sometime in 2024. There was an expectation that Jones would return in the summer. But since that forecast, he has now had elbow surgery, with no timeline on his return.

Jones’ Surgery

“Back out here in California with Dr. [Neal] ElAttrache, this time instead of doing a pec repair, we are working on my left elbow. I’m actually about one hour off the table. We had a two-hour surgery shaving down some bone spurs. The good news is it’s about a 10-week healing process, and I’m out for months anyway, because of this pec surgery, so I thought I’d just kill two birds and get this elbow taken care of once and for all.

“I appreciate all the support. Your boy’s back in the sling, back on this recovery journey. Still on this recovery journey. Sometimes you have to take a small step back in order to move forward, and I’m patient. I appreciate you guys support, your love and your positive energy, and I will be back. Love you all,” Jones said 

Jones Vs. Aspinall

Jon Jones Undergoes Elbow Surgery Delaying His UFC Return
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That has stagnated the heavyweight division. Dana White has clarified that Jones and Miocic will fight next for the heavyweight title. He dismissed Tom Aspinall’s comments, who wanted Jones stripped with a view to him then facing the winner of Aspinall and Miocic for the title. Instead, Aspinall can either defend his interim title or stay on the sidelines in the hopes of getting his own title shot.

This is understandably frustrating since Aspinall has returned from a serious knee injury that he got against Curtis Blaydes. He has stopped his last two opponents with first-round knockout wins over Marcin Tybura and Sergei Pavlovich. Aspinall’s only UFC loss was against Blaydes, during which he suffered a knee injury. The Brit is seen as a danger to Jones’ threat as a champion, as calls increase to make the fight happen. And Aspinall’s aim is still to be a world champion.

“You don’t have multiple champions in a weight. You have one champion, in my opinion. He’s a champion and I’m a champion right now and we need to unify that. We need to find out who the best guy is Right now Jon Jones is unavailable. The other available guy who was ready to fight for the title is Stipe [Miocic]. And I think it just makes the most sense. It’s not rocket science,” Aspinall stated 

The only thing Aspinall can do is continue to rack up the wins and hope Jones makes a swift return. ‘Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingnews.com

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