Possible UFC 182 – Jones vs Cormier

Possible UFC 182 – Jones vs Cormier

Jon Jones Vs Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title has been moved from Sept. 27 to Jan. 3 due to an injury suffered in training by Jones earlier. The news was first reported on FOX Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame.”

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Jones suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and a sprained ankle during a wrestling practice. It is unclear at this time whether he will require surgery. “It’s very disappointing,” Cormier told MMAFighting.com. “I started to train very hard. It’s a little discouraging, but now I have time to get completely healthy. I don’t know how hurt Jon is but we have to remember that I took this fight with a pre-existing (knee) injury. I could have fought through it, I just wish he would have done the same.”

Jones vs. Cormier was always a fight that interested the MMA community, however, it reached a whole other level of mainstream interest after Jones and Cormier brawled in the lobby of the MGM Grand last week and were then caught on camera threatening each other.

UFC 178 has seen several changes over the last few weeks, as well. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Toronto, then it was moved to Las Vegas with Jones vs.Alexander Gustafsson as the headliner, and then Cormier replaced Gustafsson after the Swede injured his knee. According to sources, the UFC felt that Jan. 3 — slated to beUFC 182 in Las Vegas — was the earliest date that made sense for the Jones-Cormier fight. Cormier said on FOX Sports 1 that he was assured by UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that he will still get the next crack at Jones, despite the fact Gustafsson will most likely be ready to fight by then

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