Jon Jones injury update: Doctor says 'Bones' back to UFC fighting in 6-8 weeks

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"Bones" can breathe a sigh of relief -- as can his fans -- now that doctors have estimated he can return to the cage in 6-8 weeks following his toe jam at UFC 159 last weekend in Newark, N.J., which came during his first-round beatdown of Chael Sonnen in the night's main event.

Considering Jon Jones' toe was upside down and backwards (see the pic here and the GIF here), two months on the sideline doesn't sound too bad.

That's the estimation from Dr. Robert Klapper (via UFC Tonight), Chief Orthopedic Surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, who says "Bones" didn't break his toe, so repairing the dislocation will take approximately six weeks. Following that, the lanky-but-lethal light heavyweight champion can focus on rehab and strength training.

Klap on:

"The rehabilitation involves putting the toe back into place. Line it up again. Because there's no fracture of the bone - it's just a dislocation - in six weeks it's healed, then you start range of motion and strengthening rehab. He'll be back to fighting in six to eight weeks."

Klap off.

Jones mangled his little piggy in a first round technical knockout win over Chael Sonnen at last weekend's UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on April 27, 2013.

Watch a replay of the drubbing here.

There is no definitive timetable for his return, nor should there be any rush, considering the promotion has an opportunity to eliminate a few contenders from "the mix" during his absence. Lyoto Machida can fight Alexander Gustafsson this summer, while Jones gets back into fighting shape.

Both "The Dragon" and "The Mauler" are up for it.

For more on the UFC 159 extravaganza from "The Garden State," check out our comprehensive link dump with live results, fallout, recaps, video and more right here.

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