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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


  1. Fried Taco Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 12:15

    That's funny, cuz Jones gets on my nerves so much, they are starting to get damaged as well.
  2. Fried Taco Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 12:17

    How come when I hear JJ talk about thanking God, I imagine him talking to a mirror?
  3. RearNakedSpoon Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 12:19

  4. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 12:32

    Taco spic ever time i see wrote something i wanna hurt ur face and spoon i spooned with ur mother and sister i never get this pissed but ur the biggest pussys on the plant and if i ever saw u i would break ur arm and then say good
  5. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 12:36

    U two lil faggots must butt fuck each other ever night trust me if i ever see u two key baord warriors and find out its u i would hurt u two very very badly i promise if u want find me on face book and come to were i live and fight me ever time i see u on this sIte ima tell u to fight me plz do me a favor i would break ur fingers so u could never type again
  6. MrMcmachoman Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 12:43

    Who the fuck took that shitty picture? and why is this website posting sloppy pictures taken by a 5 year old? way to be professional.
  7. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 12:57

    Who the fuck is this dipsetkilla guy, one of Nippletwist's multiple personalities?
  8. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:04

    Na bro just some one that dosent like ppl like taco i see him write the most nastiest fucked shit about fighters
  9. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:06

    And who r u tacos lawyer y r u defending him he cant speak for him self
  10. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:11

    Hello dipset. Allow me to introduce you to my friend, punctuation. I met him when I was in grade school and he has improved my quality of life ever since. I think it's about time the two of you got to know each other.
  11. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:13

    "if i ever see u two key baord warriors and find out its u i would hurt u two very very badly i promise if u want find me on face book and come to were i live and fight me ever time i see u on this sIte ima tell u to fight me" I see you're already good pals with Mr. Irony.
  12. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:14

    Hello faggot farmer allow me to introduce u to tacos dick a wait u have already met him
  13. Fried Taco Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:16

    I would gladly beat the shit out of dipset. He invited me to check out his Facebook page, just waiting for the link.
  14. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:17

    I live at cliffside park nj 200 winston drive apt 1202 come see me
  15. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:17

    Hahahaha i would end ur life
  16. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:20

    Why do Jon Jones fans come off as illiterate raving lunatics that take it way too personally when somebody doesn't care for their hero? Here let me respond in a way that you might understand.. *clears throat* Yo dipstkilla u needa shud da fuk up bitch cuz ill mess u up boi u dun wan com ta muh hood cuz i to street for u u won last 1 secend n i herd u like diks
  17. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:21

    LMAO he's from jersey.. figures.
  18. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:25

    Good one fag farm no really hes from jersey figures good one bro were u from pussy
  19. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:25

    I don't post super frequently here but I have to take Dip-whatever-blahblahs back here I AM ANGRY ! ! ! RARW ! I DISLIKE PEOPLE WHO POST THINGS I DISAGREE WITH AND CALL THEM KEYBOARD WARRIORS ! ! that outta show em...
  20. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:26

    Y do haters come off as pussys humm i wonder?
  21. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:26

    sorry "key baord warriors"
  22. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:26

    Ok man, you're right. Of all the wrestlers, kickboxers, amateur mma fighters, pro fighters etc. that frequent mma blogs.. you are the hardest of them all. You can beat us all up without even wrinkling your due rag or scuffing up your bling, and Jone Jones is a god among men. I'm not going to keep wasting my time with this nonsense.
  23. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:27

    Dud this is the guy was was glad some one got hurt hes happy some ones hurt like r u retarted
  24. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:29

    Dud This is the guy was was houked on foniks werked 1ders 4 me.
  25. Fried Taco Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:29

    Jersey? You gotta be kidding me! Why the fuck would I drive across country to just beat the crap out of some shithead who "tranes UFC" at a lame martial arts place in a strip mall?
  26. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:30

    I dont think im tought at all but this kid need to get beat up to see wat it feels like i mean really look at the shit he says yea im the bad guy not taco couse he wants ppl to get hurt or takes shit about fighters give it all they have
  27. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:31

    Taco u font fight if u did u would understand and never say the things u say
  28. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:33

    Werked houked good one bro whos the one that looks stupid
  29. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:36

    ummm, Judging by the fact that when I write in English that people generally understand what I am talking about... lets go with "you" as my final answer.
  30. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:36

    Im cant believe all of u stand up for this kid who is obviously the biggest pieace of shit
  31. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:37

    Lets go bang ur mother that my final answer
  32. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:38

    Im cant either. I am not standing up for anyone. I am just holding up a mirror in attempts to show you a glimpse of what you look like from the outside.
  33. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:38

    And i prob did
  34. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:40

    you got me, I am going to go cry now. or just get on with better things, thanks for the fun Pee-wee.
  35. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:40

    Dud no no no ur right saying i want some to get hurt makes me a good person thats right i totally forgot
  36. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:41

    Answer me this one this is it ok to want some one got get hurt and be happy about it tell me
  37. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:45

    And taco ur talking about gums so ur saying ur in a good gym and ur about to make ur dabute and get in to the ufc and become champ hahahahahahhahahhagahahahahahahahhahahhhahalolololoololololololololo yea man ur a fight yea yea dont i guarantee ur not a fighter if u wre u would neer say u want some one to get hurt
  38. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:46

    Gym* sorry god forbid i make a mistake
  39. Fried Taco Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:47

    Not sure if my Jersey-speak translator is working, but apparently dipset wants to hurt me because she/he/it thinks I want someone else to get hurt. Not sure where she/he/it got that idea, but if she/he/it wants to fight me just name the gym and pay my transportation costs and salary for the days I'll be off work and I will come fight you because you are a man/woman/thing. Other than that, I'm all out of troll food, so have a good day!
  40. Fried Taco Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:49

    Yes, I'll be in the UFC soon, I'll even wear my CagePotato shirt as my walk-in shirt so look for me on the Facebook prelims! Not sure which event yet, just waiting for someone to get injured so I can step in last minute like a CHAMP!
  41. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:51

    dipsetkilla316- September 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm Gym* sorry god forbid i make a mistake *too good to pass, I will let you guys just come up with your own here.
  42. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:51

    The hypocrisy of this dudes comments is pretty incredible.
  43. Paste Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:54

  44. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:54

    Hahahahaha oh taco u just made my day bro i swear ur just some fat pussy who likes talk shit an and if by some retarted chance u really r a fighter i hope u get koed in the first like a BUM!!!! And if u do wen u wake up i want u to remmember me and oh ur a fighter send me a link to any kind of proof
  45. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 01:57

    Paste do u suck ur boyfriends dick with that drity mouth
  46. RearNakedSpoon Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 02:10

    I think Jon Jones is paying people to keyboard warrior for him. He is insecure enough to try something like that and no one could like him enough to defend his existence without some incentive.
  47. bonerjones Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 02:18

    Please stop picking on dipset. It's really cruel to pick on somebody who clearly licks the windows on the short-bus. Poor guy......
  48. IronClad Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 02:20

    Wow dipset...what a dipshit. What a tumbling dickweed this guy is. Trying to decipher your idiotic, incoherent thoughts gives me a migraine. Who told you about this site? I wish I could slap that person. Because of said person, we all have to read your desperate attempts at conveying a solid message. Reading your sentences is like AIDS to my eyeballs. Please crawl back to your gutter in NJ and promptly curl up and die. Thank you from everyone on Cagepotato.
  49. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 02:25

    Holy shit, I leave for an hour to go to the store, and this place turns into World War III. $20 says dipset is just BG trolling all of us for funzies.
  50. bonerjones Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 02:33

    Dipset's reaction after posting: "MOM! I MADE FUNNY ON DA COMPOOTAH!"
  51. itsgalf Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 03:04

    Cliffside Park...near Palisade Ave?
  52. RSparrow Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 03:36

    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.
  53. Alan K Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 03:37

    Can the troll come back and attack me? I get off on that sort of thing.
  54. mDino Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 04:23

    geez this guy is doing CP a favor by bolstering the numbers of comments on this site. Dear CP, please bring back that potato chip game. I remember Aaron Rampey used to run that shit.
  55. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 04:52

    Wow all of u r mad pathetic bonerjones fuck ur mother fuck ur father and fuck u iron fag suck my dick u u dumb as retart u no nothing rsparow i would end ur life and fuck ur mom on ur rotten corpse i think i got u all and wait taco IF I EVER SEE U I WILL UND UR LIFE TO U PROPHETIC WANNA BE ALL OF U CAN SUCK MY BALLS
  56. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 04:53

    Keep hating losers that will get u fare in life oh wait none of u have one
  57. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 04:56

    Boner jones ur mother is a poor guy
  58. angry little feet Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 04:58

    My goodness - isn't this just the most interesting little comment section today then?
  59. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 05:14

    This guy's gotta be like 11 years old.
  60. Ballentine Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 07:01

    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.
  61. holeeball Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 08:30

    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.
  62. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 09:26

  63. Dana_Plight Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 09:31

    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.
  64. dranokills Says:

    Mon, 09/24/12 - 10:17

    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.
  65. bonerjones Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 06:51

    Dipset!!!! The short bus is here!!!! Let mommy take you off your kiddy leash! Better leave the helmet on, though.....
  66. Kintamachikara Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 09:24

    Praise Jesus!
  67. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 11:40

    Drano y dont u go drick some drano and im 24 u no pussy getting motherfucker u like stay on tgis site forever domt u have a life go out bro get druck get ur dick wet ya fuck loser no no just stay on this site great life man
  68. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 11:41

    Drano u have never seen a vigina so dont talk about things u dont no about the only vigina u have ever seen is ur moms wen u were born
  69. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 11:44

    Boner jones if i knew u ibwould have u on a leash u would be my bitch i could just tell the way u talk i would be ur master
  70. bonerjones Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 01:57

    You stupid Jersey piece of shit. You may Snooki look like a fucking nuclear physicist!
  71. zedmma Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 04:10

    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.
  72. dedflesh Says:

    Tue, 09/25/12 - 05:46

    jbj is such a drama queen.
  73. Free Donny G Says:

    Wed, 09/26/12 - 02:36

    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.
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