Jon Jones suffered a torn meniscus and sprained ankle in training, forcing the light heavyweight champion to pull out his UFC 178 title fight against Daniel Cormier. Unlike UFC 151 and UFC 176, the show will go on with a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso headlining. The Jones – Cormier title fight has tentatively been rescheduled for UFC 182 on January 3rd.
This is a big letdown for fans, as well as the UFC. Recent incidents – a press conference fight and footage of the fighters exchanging threats before a SportsCenter interview – had people buzzing about the fight. Whether you thought they were staged or genuine heated exchanges, people were paying attention. Whenever they actually step inside a cage, it should be an awesome fight, but it will be difficult to reclaim the level of hype they reached last week.
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