Dana White: Updates Jon Jones Injury Status and What’s Next for Anderson Silva

[singlepic id=626 w=320 h=240 float=left]Jon Jones came out victorious at UFC 152 against Vitor Belfort, but suffered an injury in the process. On Thursday, UFC President Dana White spoke with reporters following a press conference for UFC on FUEL 5 and updated Jones’ status. He also spoke on who could get a shot at Anderson Silva after he fights Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153.

White said he’s not yet certain of the severity of Jon Jones injury. “We’ll see. I don’t know all the details yet, but it’s nothing horrible or I would have heard already. What’ll happen is he’ll see his doctor, he wanted to see his doctor first. Then, we’ll fly him out to the West Coast and he’ll see our doctor.”

Despite Belfort admittedly putting everything he had into finishing Jones with an armbar, Jones managed to get through the submission attempt and win the fight. Reports said Jones may have possible nerve damage, but White doesn’t see the current light heavyweight champ needing too long  to recover from the injury. “I don’t see him being out that long. It doesn’t seem it’s going to be that bad. If it was going to be that, he’d be in some serious pain. We’d know. I don’t think it’s going to be that bad, which is amazing considering that armbar.”

When Jones does recover, Dana reiterated that Lyoto Machida’s lost his place in line to fight Jones next. “Machida will probably fight Dan [Henderson]. We’ll see what happens. We’re still working it out.”

Amongst other things Dana White is still working out is his opinion of Jones’ head coach, Greg Jackson. Jackson also played a part in the UFC 151 cancellation when he advised Jones against fighting Chael Sonnen at UFC 151, citing how dangerous a fight that’d be on short notice. Dana also shared his opinion on that decision. “I think he took him out of a fight that was a lot better for him and put him in a more dangerous one. I think Jon Jones’ arm would be 100% feeling great today, if he had taken the other fight, I think.”

In recent MMA news, Machida had said that he wants to fight Georges St. Pierre. Dana scoffed at the idea, meaning it most likely won’t happen, since Machida had turned down a title shot against Jones at UFC 152. Belfort was the only guy who stepped up according to Dana. “All the other guys, if you go right down the pecking order, and every one of them said ‘Hell no’. And I see a thing today that Machida said ‘I want to fight GSP’. Where the [expletive] did that come from?”

Much talk has flown around indicating that a superfight between GSP and Anderson Silva could be in the works. But, Dana also stated that Jon Jones and Anderson could also potentially have a superfight against each other down the road.  Silva has openly voiced before that he doesn’t want to fight Jones, but it could happen eventually Dana said.

“I don’t know. I think that could happen too,” Dana said of a Jones-Silva superfight. “Anderson Silva’s one of those guys that’s broken every record in UFC history. He gets to the point where he’s going to want to challenge himself and try new things – try Georges St. Pierre, try Jon Jones.  He says he won’t fight Jon Jones. I just saw something wehre Jones said something about Andesron’s wrestling or something like that – all it takes is a couple of those little things.”

While the question of who will fight Anderson Silva following his UFC 153 fight vs Stephan Bonnar still remains, White did throw a few names in the hat for who could have the next shot. “Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, obviously would be a big fight. GSP-Anderson would be a big fight. I gotta be honest with you, I like Bisping vs Anderson. I’d like to see Bisping vs Anderson too. I like that fight. I think that Bisping doesn’t get the credit that he deserves for as good of a fighter as he is.”

I’ve always though Bisping was good. I’ve always though Bisping’s wrestling was way underrated. I thought his striking was underrated. The guy had one big loss in his career in Henderson and because of his personality and the way that he is, people like to stick it to Bisping.”

At UFC 152’s press conference and in the media scrum in the UK today, White also added that if Bisping does get his shot against Silva, it could happen in the United Kingdom, Bisping’s native country. “Somebody asked me in Toronto if Bisping fought for the title, could it be in the UK, and I said of course it could be.”

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