After watching Jon Jones roll through his UFC 135 title defense against Quinton Jackson like a guy without a care in the world over the weekend, it came as something of a surprise on Monday that the UFC light heavyweight champ received one of the longest medical suspensions in the wake of the event. As it stands, Jones was officially handed a six month suspension by Colorado regulatory officials, though the term can be shortened to 45 days if Jones gets proper clearance from a doctor.
For the record, that's the same hefty banishment from contact training handed out to lightweight Aaron Riley, who withdrew from his bout with Tony Ferguson on Saturday complaining of a broken jaw after the first round. It's also substantially longer than the 60 days dealt to Jackson (who certainly appeared to be the one worse for wear after their fight) and the 45 days given to Matt Hughes after he got knocked cold by Josh Koscheck in the co-main event. Specific reasoning behind any of the suspensions was not immediately available.
Before this and reports that Jon Jones may have injured his foot -- supported by accounts that he had to be helped to and from the postfight news conference -- elicit an audible groan from both fight fans and the camp of Rashad Evans, it should be noted that these suspensions are sometimes purely precautionary. If Jones can get the go-ahead from his physician, he can be back to training soon enough, likely in time to make, say, a potential Super Bowl weekend show against Evans.
Whenever they officially add this fight to the docket, let's hope the re-rescheduled date goes off as planned, since any further delays for Evans, who has already waited some 16 months for his second shot at light heavyweight gold, will certainly only bring more backbiting and allegations of tomfoolery from all sides.