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UFC 152 Injury Report: Jon Jones Says He May Have Nerve Damage From Belfort Armbar

(A slung-up Jon Jones shares a friendly rape-choke with a companion following UFC 152. Photo via GracieMag)

It sure looked as if Vitor Belfort managed to injure Jon Jones during their light-heavyweight title bout on Saturday night at UFC 152, when he latched onto Bones’ right arm with an armbar early in the first round. Despite having his limb dangerously hyper extended, Jones gritted through it, fought on, and eventually won with his own armlock in the fourth round.

After the fight Jones was in obvious discomfort, holding his right elbow as Joe Rogan interviewed him. Sure enough, the champ showed up late to the post-event press conference with his arm in a sling, saying that doctors had told him he might have nerve damage as a result of Belfort’s arm bar.

Jones was planning to head to a hospital after the presser to receive X-rays on his arm. No official word has been released from the UFC or Jones’s camp since Saturday night, but nerve damage in his arm would certainly be serious enough to sideline the champ for some time, to say nothing of any possible bone breaks or tendon or ligament injuries he may have sustained.

As he told reporters at the UFC 152 press conference, Jones thought that Belfort was going to break the arm and get the win in the first round, before Jones miraculously escaped. “It was popping, and I felt after 25 years that I’ve never felt that feeling before. I just came to terms with what was going to happen, just thinking, ‘Man, I can’t believe I’m getting ready to lose this way,’” he said.

Still, Jones maintains that tapping out never occurred to him. Apparently, taking his Jiu Jitsu training seriously prior to the fight didn’t, either.

“I have to admit I don’t practice my Jiu-Jitsu every day,” Jones said. ”I work so hard on my wrestling and so hard on my standup. I definitely need to embrace jiu-jitsu more and practice what I preach, being a true mixed martial artist and embracing all martial arts,” he said.

It’s hard to imagine how Jones and his vaunted coaches could ignore the style of fighting that the entire sport of MMA is based on, but it sounds like they won’t be making that mistake again.

Ultimately Jones said he was glad for the test and lesson. He learned what he needs to improved and also a little bit about what he’s made of. “I just remember getting to that second round, thanking God that I had gotten out of that armbar, and thanking God for that adversity,” he said.

“I honestly thank God just for having a hurt arm, just to prove to myself and prove to my coaches that all the speeches and all the stories I heard about warriors, just to be able to prove that I can be a warrior as well, I was grateful to be able to come back from something.”

- Elias Cepeda

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Free Donny G- September 26, 2012 at 2:36 am
Okay so jon jones fights through a brutal armbar and people are calling him a pussy? amazing, the level of stupidity in this comments section is pretty mind-blowing. I would love to see one of these people talking crap get put in an armbar like that.
dedflesh- September 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm
jbj is such a drama queen.
zedmma- September 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm
At my job, I've delt with hundreds of people from NJ over the years and they're all about as intellectual as this one.
bonerjones- September 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm
You stupid Jersey piece of shit. You may Snooki look like a fucking nuclear physicist!
dipsetkilla316- September 25, 2012 at 11:44 am
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dipsetkilla316- September 25, 2012 at 11:41 am
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dipsetkilla316- September 25, 2012 at 11:40 am
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Kintamachikara- September 25, 2012 at 9:24 am
Praise Jesus!
bonerjones- September 25, 2012 at 6:51 am
Dipset!!!! The short bus is here!!!! Let mommy take you off your kiddy leash! Better leave the helmet on, though.....
dranokills- September 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm
ok breezed through all the posts, looks like alot of pre school posting from some 12 year old boy who discovered hes gay. Whoever you are dipshit316 or whatever you call yourself, you are wasting your time on here. Where you need to be is bloody vagina, over with all the other stupid cunts. I see the ban hammer in your future you little troll. now back to the real topic: I hope you lose your arm you piece of garbage Boney jones.
Dana_Plight- September 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm
Nerve damage is never good. Nerve repair can be a long raod to recovery. Judging by his bicep comment, it could be the musculocutaneous nerve.He wouldn't have any loss of hand sensation or function with that one, but if it was any other(median,ulnar,radial) he would.
dipsetkilla316- September 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm
holeeball- September 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Who is this guy talking too, other than MMA media? Who can stomach the shit he spews?

Practice what you preach? This is what brought this whole hate avalanche on his retarded pea brain. I guess his fucking arms are sucking way too much blood away from his brain.
Ballentine- September 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm
JJ needs public speaking training over BJJ. Then hopefully people will be able to stand hearing him for more than a minute. He tries to hard to sound intelligent and has a holier than thou attitude. The most real he ever sounded was during the Rashad build up and I was actually curious on what he had to say not what Greg Jackson told him to.
ArmFarmer- September 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm
This guy's gotta be like 11 years old.
angry little feet- September 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm
My goodness - isn't this just the most interesting little comment section today then?
dipsetkilla316- September 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm
Boner jones ur mother is a poor guy
dipsetkilla316- September 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Keep hating losers that will get u fare in life oh wait none of u have one
dipsetkilla316- September 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm
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Alan K- September 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm
Can the troll come back and attack me? I get off on that sort of thing.
RSparrow- September 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Dipset, learn the english language, learn what the word satire means, and then go fuck yourself. There's plenty of us that would love to beat the shit out of you, but there's gotta be some kind of law against that.
itsgalf- September 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm
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bonerjones- September 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Dipset's reaction after posting: "MOM! I MADE FUNNY ON DA COMPOOTAH!"