UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones' roadworthy to betterment has begun.
On Tuesday, Jones posted a video connected his Instagram story showing nan bandages complete his near pectoral post-surgery.
Jones was slated to header UFC 295 astatine Madison Square Garden connected November 11. But aft suffering nan wounded connected October 25, Jones' first heavyweight title defense against Stipe Miocic was scrapped.
The co-main arena - a light-heavyweight title bout betwixt Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira - has been promoted to nan caller headliner.
In nan heavyweight division, meanwhile, No 4 classed Tom Aspinall will beryllium facing No 2 Sergei Pavlovich for nan the interim title.
Jon Jones was group to make his first heavyweight title defense astatine UFC 295 earlier getting injured
Jones shared a post-surgery video connected his Instagram communicative connected Tuesday morning
The cancelled gathering pinch Miocic would person been Jones' sixteenth consecutive title bout. But seventeen days earlier UFC 295, UFC president Dana White announced that Jones was injured and would beryllium retired for astatine slightest 8 months.
'He tore nan tendon that connects your pec to nan bony - disconnected nan bone,' White said successful nan announcement.
A video of nan incident showed Jones shooting a double-leg connected his training partner. As he completed nan takedown, Jones screamed successful discomfort earlier sitting connected his knees pinch his mitt complete his chest.
The pursuing day, Jones posted a video connected Instagram to reside nan situation. 'Very sad situation, very upset,' Jones said aft thanking those who checked successful connected him. 'But I've been done a batch of things successful life and injuries is portion of being an athlete.'
'I wanna opportunity convey you to Stipe Miocic for nan activity that he's put in,' Jones added. 'I'm truthful sorry to Stipe and his team. Like I said, this comes pinch nan territory.'
Jones hit Ciryl Gane by submission successful information 1 astatine UFC 285 to triumph nan heavyweight title
Jones became nan youngest ever UFC champion - astatine 23 years aged - erstwhile he won nan light-heavyweight loop against Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua successful 2011.
Following a constrictive triumph complete Dominick Reyes successful 2020, Jones vacated nan ray heavyweight strap - which he had held connected and disconnected for astir a decade - to move up to heavyweight.
Jones past called for a conflict pinch Miocic pursuing a round-one submission complete Ciryl Gane successful March, erstwhile he claimed nan heavyweight title aft 3 years away.
While nan conflict pinch two-time heavyweight champion Miocic will not hap successful November, Jones still appears keen connected nan matchup successful nan future.
'The extremity is to get room and get backmost to activity arsenic soon arsenic possible,' Jones said. 'I conjecture it'll beryllium Stipe and I astatine a later day and that's my plan.'