Jon Jones, the man known to many as “Jonny Bones” is injured with a torn meniscus and rolled ankle. That’s what the MMA world found out yesterday; but how exactly did this happen to a fighter preparing for such a huge upcoming fight?
Perhaps it is because Jon Jones respects his upcoming opponent Daniel Cormier? The word respect has to be thought of differently here though, for example Jones has been shown brawling with Cormier at a fight promo.
The two have been taped trash talking each other just this past week which involved what sounded to be a very serious death threat from Jones.
So respect in terms of being courteous is out of the question here; no, the respect I’m talking about is his respect for Cormier’s ability.
For the first time in his career, “Bones” is displaying a more volatile and, to be blunt, angry side of him that fans have not seen up until this point.
Other analysts have claimed that it comes from fear or a sense of anxiety heading into this bout and while that may be true and shouldn’t be ruled out, I’m willing to bet that Jones is more than ready for this.
After all, Jones has faced Hall of Fame level fighters at more vulnerable times in his career; and since he has been champion, few fighters have prepared more diligently than Jon Jones.
Preparation is another topic that must be touched on when assessing Jones' injury, and the postponed fight.
The light heavyweight champ is said to have injured himself attempting a takedown against Alistair Overeem.
For those who aren’t familiar with the name, Overeem is a former K-1 and StrikeForce heavyweight champion and current UFC heavyweight fighter, but more importantly he measures up at 6”4 and 257 pounds.
That’s more than 50 pounds heavier than Jones. Until now he had never trained with anyone anywhere near that size and weight and if so it was definitely kept hidden.
Looking ahead to January
Coming full circle, this means that he either acknowledges that Cormier’s wrestling credentials outway his own (Cormier is a two-time Olympic wrestler, Jones is only a former JUCO champion) or he feels he needs to prove himself after these pre-fight incidents and pushed himself to far.
One can only wait and see on January 3; until then read up on all UFC news here at GiveMeSport.