UFC 200 couldn’t get any murkier. After Conor McGregor’s exit from the July 9 event, Jon Jones was expected to headline the event. But now it looks like Jon Jones too might be out of UFC 200 fight card.
Jon Jones won his UFC 197 fight against Ovince Saint Preux this Saturday. But that has left him with a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
As FOX Sports reports, the medical ban can only be lifted if “x-rays on his left foot come back negative or get clearance from an orthopaedic doctor.” If it comes back positive, then unfortunately Jones would be sidelined until Oct 21. This would then clearly mean that the 28-year-old fighter would be out of the running for UFC 200.
Post his fight, Jones was seen at the MGM Grand Arena on a wheelchair leading to speculations that he is injured. But he dismissed those rumors saying that he “feel[s] great enough to fight at UFC 200, for sure.”
On Tuesday he again took to Twitter to assure fans that he is okay.
“Nope! I haven’t gotten an x-ray but I’m already up and walking around. It’ll be fine,” Jones tweeted.
Nope! I haven't gotten an x-ray but I'm already up and walking around. It'll be fine https://t.co/phqdQMhdYg
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 27, 2016
Apart from Jones, nine other fighters received potential six-month medical suspension in the aftermath of UFC 197.
Jon Jones’ opponent Ovince Saint Preux too had his share of injuries. UFC President Dana White told reporters that OSP broke his left arm during his fight with Jones. So, unless and until the doctors give him clearance, OSP too will have to remain in the sidelines for six months.
Rafael Natal (nasal fracture), Robert Whittaker (right hand), Andre Fili (inferior orbital wall fracture), Sergio Pettis (right hand), Danny Roberts (left foot), Glaico Franca (nasal fracture), Cody East (nasal fracture), and Walt Harris (right hand) are some of the other fighters who have received potential suspension.
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