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Jon Jones Reveals Severe Injury Behind UFC 295 Pullout

Champion Reflects on Disappointment, Extends Apology to Miocic and Fans

Jon Jones Out of UFC 295 After Suffering Major Injury

In a shocking twist ahead of UFC 295, heavyweight champion Jon Jones withdraws from the much-anticipated title defense against Stipe Miocic scheduled for November 11, at Madison Square Garden, after tearing his pectoral muscle. The injury, confirmed by UFC CEO Dana White on late Tuesday, disrupts what was set to be one of the year’s marquee battles.

Jones, known for his resilience in and out of the octagon, addressed fans and the UFC community through an Instagram video on Thursday, providing insight into his emotional state and the severity of his injury.

“Obviously, a very sad situation. Very upset,” admitted Jones, adding, “But I’ve been through a lot of things in life, and injuries are a part of being an athlete.” The champion’s journey to recovery will see him under the experienced hands of Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a renowned figure in sports medicine.

In the wake of Jones’s withdrawal, the UFC has arranged an interim title bout between Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich, leaving Miocic momentarily sidelined. Despite the setback, Jones extended his apologies to Miocic, displaying professional solidarity and respect for his fellow fighter. He stated,

“I wanted to say thank you to Stipe Miocic for all the work that he’s put in. Also, sorry to Stipe and his team. This comes with the territory.”

Jones’s commitment to returning stronger is unmistakable, a sentiment echoed by Dana White and others in the UFC leadership. With surgery slated for Friday and a grueling physical therapy regimen ahead, Jones remains optimistic about clashing with Miocic in the future.

“So it’ll be surgery and physical therapy for me for the next several months. But I’m committed,” affirmed Jones. The champion’s spirits seem unbroken as he reassured fans, “And I’ll be OK. Take care.”

In a testament to his character, Jones hasn’t lost sight of the fans, acknowledging the impact of his withdrawal on those who were looking forward to the match. He concluded,

“And again, sincere apology to the fans. I know some of you guys, it was a huge commitment to get out to Madison Square Garden. Hopefully, these other heavyweights, Aspinall and Sergei, put on a great show for you guys.”


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