Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, wrote today on his Twitter that his client has elected not to have surgery on his right hand.
“I guess its time to put out the truth,” Kawa wrote. “[Jones] suffered a tear in his thumb in 2 different spots… Every dr he saw said to have surgery. We went to meet with the surgeon on wed and after he looked at [Jones] he thought that surgery was a bit evasive and bones didn’t have To have if he didn’t want to. [Jones] decided against surgery…
“And to be quite frank, [Jones] never wanted to have surgery, the doctors advice all along was to have the procedure done.”
The newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion’s first title defense against Rashad Evans was put on hold last month due to the injury. Evans was then announced to face fast-rising prospect Phil Davis at UFC 133 in August, a bout that Kawa says is still happening.
“[Jones] is not fighting rashad,” Kawa wrote. “Rashad is fighting phil davis. I’ll let you know who or when jon will fight real soon”
“This is an injury that’s been recurring since I was a college wrestler, it doesn’t affect my punching or grappling, but I am taking the time and the proper measures to correct this now, so that it doesn’t happen again,” Jones noted in a prepared statement last month. “I look forward to getting back to training and to my first title defense. As for Rashad, let’s see what happens with Phil Davis. I will be watching that fight with great interest.”
Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans hasn’t fought since becoming the number one contender to the light heavyweight title by defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision at UFC 114 last May. Evans decided to bide his time and allow then-champion Rua to recover from knee surgery. Following an unfortunate sparring incident incurred while preparing for the planned title shot, Evans gave his blessing for younger training partner Jon Jones to step up and fight for the light heavyweight championship in his stead, who dominated Shogun en route to winning the title via third round TKO.
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis picked up the biggest win of his career at UFC Fight Night 24 in April by taking a hard-fought unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The young prospect improved his undefeated record to 9-0 with the win.
UFC 133 is expected to take place on August 6, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.