UFC light heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones has taken some flak recently for making the decision to forgo hand surgery after pulling out of a scheduled bout against Rashad Evans to have that surgery done.
Jones spoke with MMACanada.net during the recent fighters summit and explained the nature of the surgery, as well as why he decided to cancel the procedure.
“The way the doctor explained it to me, he said he’d actually be doing me a disservice to cut me open, drill holes through my bones, file my bones down — he said, ‘Considering the fact that you’re an athlete, the surgery might not be the best thing for you. If you’re a normal businessman or something it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but because you’re an athlete we could actually be slowing your hand down instead of helping it get better.’ He said, ‘You’re hand looks a lot better,’ he put me through a lot of tests and he thought that I could live without the surgery and just let it heal. So, he put me in a cast for about a month and gave me a few exercises he wanted me to do on my own time to get my hand back in shape,” said Jones. “I’m glad that I’ve made the decisions that I’ve made. Obviously, I need to take care of myself and do what’s best for me, and that’s what I’ve done.”
To those fans who are disappointed at the cancellation of a heated grudge match between Jones and his former teammate Evans, “Bones” assures that he and Evans will have their date in the cage.
“For all of the people that are panicking at home, me and Rashad Evans, we’re gonna fight,” he said. “We both have a lot of fights left on our contracts, so be patient guys.”