‘Stitch’ Duran recounts triage treatment of Jones’ severely broken toe

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

At UFC 159 UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a gnarly broken big toe in his bout with Chael Sonnen. Jones didn’t notice the break at the time it occured, but in his post-fight interview was made aware of the toe by Joe Rogan. Although Jones would go to the hospital after the event, veteran UFC cutman ‘Stitch’ Duran was the first to tend to Jones and do his part:

“I said, ‘Jon, are you in any pain? Are you OK?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’m OK,'” said Duran, who added that he loosened the wrap slightly when he felt Jones’ leg jerk in pain.

As MMAjunkie.com medical consultant Johnny Benjamin noted earlier, infection was a serious danger for Jones, who was fitted with a makeshift boot and briefly attended the event’s post-event press conference at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., before being taken to an area hospital.

“It’s like a triage when you’re in the battlefields, you’ve got to get this warrior prepped up so they can take him to the hospital,” Duran said. “I was in the right place at the right time.

“I was talking to doctors in Las Vegas, and they were saying [the bandage has] a matrix that really coagulates the blood, but in doing that, not only does it coagulate the blood, it draws the impurities out.”

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