May 13th, 2013
There is some good news for the fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC with reports emerging that the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has actually not suffered a broken toe as was being feared before. After he defeated Chael Sonnen in a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship match last month, Bones took hold of the microphone for his post match interview with Joe Rogan and it was then that the announcer noticed something was very off, mainly the Brazilian fighter’s toe.
Jones’s toe was actually jutting out at a very unnatural angle, profusely bleeding and the bone was trying to get out of the skin. As soon as the cameras focused on that injured toe, many a stomach was churned. And as soon as he saw the wound, he limped off but returned for the interview in a few minutes. Speaking during the interview, Jon Jones mentioned that he wasn’t planning in breaking his toe, before adding that he had plans of going to Jamaica for a holiday.
And a week from that fight, the Brazilian took to his Twitter account and informed the fans worldwide that the toe isn’t broken actually as feared before but was severely dislocated. It was initially thought that he would be facing a long layoff on the sidelines, but with reports suggesting that his toe isn’t actually broken, he can return to training a lot before that.
He stated that his toe is on the mend and he doesn’t feel too much pain on his toe and added that he is more or less comfortable but there is some discomfort. Jon Jones has also mentioned that he would rather take on Alexander Gustafsson rather than face his fellow Brazilian and former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in a rematch.
March 28th, 2013
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will be shooting for the takedown against Mark Hunt when the two Heavyweights square off against each other at UFC 160. In his previous encounters, it was seen that the Brazilian relied a bit too much on his skills as a boxer and it had helped him get the desired results on more than a few occasions. But moving forward, Cigano plans to use several different game plans in order to implement his strategies.
Speaking during an interview, the Brazilian stated that he used to look to fight standing up quite often in previous encounters, but now he has realized that this is Mixed Martial Arts and a fighter needs to use everything starting from jiu-jitsu to wrestling in order to succeed in the sport. Junior dos Santos also stated that things are a lot clear to him now than ever before going on to add that he has to use all his skill sets if he is to win important matches, especially against someone like Mark Hunt or the reigning UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Cigano, who has a Mixed Martial Arts record of 15-2 and a UFC record of 9-1 will square off against Hunt, whose professional and UFC records read 18-4 and 2-1 respectively on the undercard of the UFC Heavyweight Championship match between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva at UFC 160 on the 25th of May in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Junior dos Santos also realizes a win against Hunt might make him the number one contender for the title, setting up a trilogy against Velasquez. And if Silva wins the title on the night, he could be in line to face his good friend and sparring partner for a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.