Jon Jones pulled out of his first light-heavyweight title defence against Rashad Evans last month due to a recurring hand injury that needed to be corrected, but after surgery was ruled out it appears that he may be back a little sooner than expected.
The news emerged today via Jones manager Malki Kawa after Evans, who was involved in a confrontation with ‘Bones’ in a Las Vegas nightclub last night, claimed on Twitter that the champion wouldn’t be having surgery, and that the injury had just been used as an excuse to pull out of the fight.
“Question: if u r or were so confident then y fake a thumb injury? Cuz just between me & y’all he don’t need surgery!”, Evans wrote.
“If I’m lying, I’m dying! Ask @jonnybones when is his surgery & who was his dr! He so fake he fake surgeries!! Now that’s fake!”
That prompted Kawa to speak out on behalf of his client within hours.
“I guess its time to put out the truth. @Jonnybones suffered a tear in his thumb in 2 different spots, “ Kawa posted on Twitter. “Every dr he saw said to have surgery. We went to meet with the surgeon on wed and after he looked at @Jonnybones he thought that surgery was a bit evasive and bones didn’t have To have if he didn’t want to.
“@Jonnybones decided against surgery, and we immediately met with dana and lorenzo the next day to get his next fight scheduled. For the record, every doctor @Jonnybones saw was a @ufc referred doctor. The very last one on the day before surgery thought against it. And to be quite frank, @Jonnybones never wanted to have surgery, the doctors advice all along was to have the procedure done.”
Kawa went on to say that the originally proposed fight with Evans still won’t be happening due to the fact that the challenger is now set to fight Phil Davis at UFC 133 in August.
Instead they are expecting a new challenger for the champion to occur sometime before the end of the year.
“It could very likely still be Rashad if he gets by Phil Davis, but we could fight sooner, maybe September, October or November depending on what the UFC wants to do,” Kawa later told MMAJunkie.