If you have not yet heard, Jon Jones recently pulled from his bout against former team-mate Rashad Evans due to a torn ligament in his thumb that will require surgery. The UFC quickly responded to the matter, replacing Jones with undefeated wrestler, Phil Davis who will now fight the former champion, Evans for the top seed in the division.

Authentic Sports Management released this prepared statement from Jones today explaining the situation.

“This is an injury that’s been recurring since I was a college wrestler, it doesn’t affect my punching or grappling, but I am taking the time and the proper measures to correct this now, so that it doesn’t happen again. I look forward to getting back to training and to my first title defense. As for Rashad, let’s see what happens with Phil Davis. I will be watching that fight with great interest.”

Similar to the last champion Shogun Rua, Jones has opted for surgery following the capture of the 205 lb. light heavyweight strap. Jones looks to be taking no chances by taking care of a re-occurring injury prior to laying his new gold on the line.