The UFC announced a short time ago that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a torn meniscus and a sprained ankle in training and is out of his UFC 178 main event title defense against Daniel Cormier. Stepping in as the new main event is the UFC 177 co-main event featuring flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending against Chris Cariaso. In the press release, the UFC stated that Jones versus Cormier will be shift to UFC 182 on January 3rd in Las Vegas.
Jones hasn’t released a statement yet, but Cormier was on FOX Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame” a short time ago and said Jones should have fought through the injury as his knee is messed up as Cormier is suffering a partially torn ACL.
“I would be outside of myself to not say I went into this fight knowing my knee was pretty jacked up, and I was going to fight through it to get a title,” Cormier said on the show.
“I’m saying tough it out sometimes,” Cormier added. “Sometimes you’ve got to go in there and tough it out and just fight.”
Who knows if the fight will have the same big fight feel in January as it would have for next month. Cormier and Jones last Monday at Ultimate Media Day in Vegas to hype UFC got into heated brawl after a staredown between the two. Then late Friday, a video was released before they appeared on ESPN’s “Sportscenter” of the two using vulgar language and “Bones” threatening to kill Cormier.
Fans can get refunds to the change in the main event will be given upon request at point of sale only. Deadline for refunds is August 22.