UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones was an overwhelming favorite entering the Octagon last night against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159. However, in the eyes of countless fans, “Bones” came close to coughing up his championship albeit through no fault of his own or as the result of Sonnen’s skill-set. Rather, Jones snapped his toe like a twig during a sequence in the opening round of action before ultimately putting Sonnen away with strikes.
If Sonnen had held on another 30 seconds and the round had ended, the potential for further damage could have forced ringside officials to call for the conclusion of the clash and award Sonnen the belt based on an injury stoppage. Fortunately, such a scenario never unfolded and, according to Jones, he would have toughed it out anyways if necessary no matter how painful the affliction was.
“With my coaching staff, they wouldn’t allow me to dwell on it. They would have twisted it and sent me back out to fight,” said Jones to Fuel TV during the network’s post-even coverage. “I just want to be a warrior.”
As far as how the injury occurred, Jones described the situation, explaining, “Late in the round, I was springing forward. I thought my foot got caught in a hole in the mat. When the fight was over, I looked down and I saw the blood.”
“It’s all good. The big toe isn’t going to slow me down,” he concluded.
Jones is now 18-1 in his career and has won nine straight since a questionable disqualification defeat including six title-fights. The 25-year old is now tied with Tito Ortiz in terms of consecutive defenses in the division.
The full interview with Jones can be seen below:
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