UFC champ Jon Jones out with injured foot, expects to resume training in new year

Elias Cepeda

When UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones pulled out of a title defense against Glover Teixeira in Feb. at UFC 170 a day after the UFC announced the match up, promoter Dana White said that Jones was "not injured." According to the fighter's manager that was not and is not true.

Jones' manager Malki Kawa told UFC Tonight that Jones got back into the gym recently to prepare for a fight but did not feel right, in large part to a foot he banged up in his recent title defense against Alexander Gustafsson. According to Kawa, Jones will rest and rehab his foot until the new year, at which point "Bones" will get back into the gym.

Jones would then look to fight again in March or April. Jones, of course, has been one of the most active top challengers and champions in UFC history.

In 2011, for example, Jones fought four times including fighting for and winning the light heavyweight title strap against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua just a month after beating Ryan Bader. Jones has fought twice each in 2012 and 2013.

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