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On Wednesday, Jones offered an apology to fans who find themselves disappointed by the delay, but also revealed that the injury was severe enough to need surgery.
“I’d like to apologize to all the fans who were excited for UFC 178,” wrote Jones on his Facebook page. “Earlier this week, I suffered an injury while training for the fight. I’m having surgery tomorrow and I’m focused on recovering as quickly as possible. I look forward to getting back in the gym and defending my title on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas.”
Cormier took the fight despite having a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament. When Jones dropped off of the Sept. 27 date, Cormier questioned whether that was necessary.
“I don’t think he’s ducking me. Jon Jones isn’t afraid of anyone,” said Cormier. “But if I can go in there with a partially torn ACL, him hurting his ankle, I think he should have fought. Tough it up and fight. I don’t know the extent of his injury and if it’s really bad, I’ll take it back.
“I wish he would have just fought.”
Jones didn’t offer any details of his injury. He only stated that he would be heading into surgery on Thursday. So perhaps Cormier may have to “take it back.”