Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has managed to secure the UFC interim light heavyweight title and shot at the undisputed title against Daniel Cormier with the big victory over Ovince St. Preux (OSP) on Sunday.
However, there’s is one impressive thing about this bout, Saint Preux has fought Jon Jones with a broken arm for more than 3 rounds. Reports said that Ovince Saint Preux has injured his arm blocking while blocking one of Jones’ kicks in the second round of the match.
UFC president Dana White first speculated about the injury when Saint Preux was unable to attend the fighter’s manadatory post-fight press conference. According to Saint Preux’s coach Joey Lunar, Saint Preux has broken his left arm in the second round of the match while defending against Jones’ relentless bombardment of kicks.
On Monday, an x-ray photo of Saint Preux’s broken arm has surfaced via MMA-focused website MMAfighting. Zonar said that the arm injury was sustained in the second round of the match and is unsure whether a surgery will be needed for repair.
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Meanwhile, Jon Jones has crowned interim light heavyweight champion Jones, but gave credit towards Saint Preux’s resiliency and ability to absorb heavy beating.
“Right away my shins were swollen, my left shin was swollen, my left foot was swollen, and when my adrenaline came down, I felt some serious pain,” said Jones via the Inquirer.net.
Ovince Saint Preux (19-8) has gained respect in the industry as a top-rank contender after the fight with Jones, and had even hold more validity having fought one of the pound-for-pound UFC greats with a broken arm for more than 3 rounds.
The UFC management has yet to release word on how long Saint Preux might be on the mend from fighting.
Jon Jones (22-1) is a mixed martial artist and current interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jones was ranked as the number 1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by various media outlets and was also ranked the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by multiple sports publications.
However, in April 2015 something bad happened, Jones was stripped of his interim light heavyweight title and was removed from the official UGC rankings following his arrest on felony hit-and-run charges. In October 2015, Jones was reinstated into the UFC.