After a harrowing battle with Alexander Gustafsson earlier this year, Jon Jones plans to spend the rest of 2013 recovering.
A tentative February return was previously scheduled, but after giving it some thought, the light heavyweight champ decided that he would not be able to get into fighting shape that soon.
“The reason why I didn’t take the fight [in February] is because I don’t feel my body is ready for a training camp,” Jones said in a recent interview with MMAjunkie. “I wanted to be there for the fans, I wanted to be there for the UFC, but in order for me to do that, I need to listen to my body and come prepared to compete, and that’s being healthy.”
In his razor thin decision win over Gustafsson, Jones suffered a big cut over his eye, and worsened a lingering foot injury that occurred in his bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159.
“My eye is definitely not ready to be punched,” Jones said. “I’m afraid that it could reopen, which would make scarring terrible and prolong the whole thing even more. My foot is definitely not ready to go yet. I wake up to step off the bed, and it’s cracking and crackling and stuff. I’m just not ready for the training camp.”
Jones’ recovery does not sound like it’s progressing very quickly. He’ll have to make some tough decisions come next spring if he’s not ready to go, as he’s currently scheduled to face Glover Teixeira in a title fight in March.