“Just got back from a MRI, Great news! my foot is not broken or fractured.. Focusing on a full recovery,” Jones tweeted.
Just got back from a MRI, Great news! my foot is not broken or fractured.. Focusing on a full recovery
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 25, 2013
Later on Wednesday, UFC Tonight reported that Jones confirmed the injury was a deep bone bruise.
The fight with Gustafsson at UFC 165 on Saturday night in Toronto went the full five rounds. The lanky Swede put Jones and his belt in jeopardy like no opponent before him. He consistently took Jones to the mat, but also peppered him with heavy punch combinations when standing.
Jones got his licks in as well, especially in the later rounds when he landed some heavy blows that left Gustafsson staggering around the Octagon.
“I’ve been asking for a dog fight for a long time, and tonight I got one,” said the 26-year-old champion following the fight.
“Hats off to Alex, that was by far the toughest fight I’ve ever had.”
And it showed all over Jones’ face, with a cut above his left eye that nearly caused a halt to the fight prior to the fifth round, and massive swelling. Jones limped away from the Octagon, was put on a stretcher, and carted off to the hospital, as was Gustafsson.
Gustafsson had to get several staples to close a gash in his scalp, but like Jones, escaped primarily with superficial wounds.
It’s a rarity in mixed martial arts, but despite the challenger losing the fight, there were calls for an immediate rematch, an idea that UFC officials are entertaining.
With no significant injuries to either fighter, it appears that the door is wide open for a rematch, if the UFC opts to go that route.
(Photo courtesy of Alexander Gustafsson on Instagram)