Doctor: UFC mishandled Jones treatment in wake of serious toe injury

Sunday, April 28, 2013

At UFC 159 Jon Jones suffered a severe toe injury pushing off the mat during his light heavyweight title fight with Chael Sonnen. His left big toe fractured clear in half, even exposing the bone. MMA Junkie’s resident doctor, Johnny Benjamin, believes the UFC did not take the proper steps to make sure their star was properly cared for in the wake of the injury

Unfortunately, Jones was allowed to give a post-fight interview in the cage, and then he went to the dressing room, where someone closed the wound with stitches, possibly trapping dirt and bacteria inside, and fashioned a rudimentary splint. He then sat through some portion of the post-fight press conference to answer questions – all with the eight-hour clock ticking away.

I have a question: Where was the UFC orthopedic surgeon or medical director during the immediate on-scene triage, care and medical decision-making process of one of the promotion’s and MMA’s greatest stars?

Jones’ future is relatively easy to predict: very, very bright if he does not get an infection, but not so much if he does.

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