UFC Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones Returns to Training After Pectoral Injury

UFC
April 25, 2024
Jon Jones’ comeback appears to have begun in earnest.

The UFC heavyweight champion announced his return to training in a recent Instagram post. In the photo, Jones is posing with coaches Greg Jackson and Brandon Gibson, among others.

“First day back in the gym since my injury, felt amazing,” Jones wrote. “And so it began.”

Jones was supposed to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in the UFC 295 main event this past November, but he was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a torn pectoral in training. During his hiatus, Jones also elected to undergo surgery on his left elbow to shave down some bone spurs.

Jones is expected to be rebooked against Miocic in the coming months, though a date for that bout remains unclear. “Bones” returned from a three-year absence at UFC 285 to claim the vacant heavyweight belt with a first-round submission of Ciryl Gane in March 2023. Interim champion Tom Aspinall has lobbied hard for a shot at Jones, but it appears he will have to wait until “Bones” and Miocic have their date in the Octagon.

It has not been all smooth sailing for Jones during his rehabilitation process, as he was accused of threatening a drug-testing agent from Drug Free Sport International during a sample collection at his Albuquerque, New Mexico, home on March 30. While Jones admitted to using profanity while giving a statement to police, he denied threatening the DFSI agents during the interaction.

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/UFC-Heavyweight-Champ-Jon-Jones-Returns-to-Training-After-Pectoral-Injury-193448

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