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Greg Jackson: Jon Jones injury a result of training with Alistair Overeem

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Sure, blame the new guy!

Joe Scarnici

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a leg injury serious enough to bounce him from the UFC 178 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled for Sept. 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a result, his 205-pound title defense against Daniel Cormier will be shifted to UFC 182 in early 2015.

So, what happened?

It appears "Bones" was unintentionally broken by a takedown attempt from UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, who joined the Jackson's MMA camp earlier this year to sharpen his skills for next month's brawl against Ben Rothwell in Connecticut. And the man behind the gym told Sherdog.com that "it was just one of those things."

"It's part of the game, it wasn't like ... somebody went for a flying kick and dislocated [something]. Somebody went for a takedown, [Jones] stepped the wrong way, twisted the wrong way and down he went. He was fighting it, and he just twisted it. And then it just popped. Alistair's maybe 240, Jon's 220. It's not like he was working with a giant moose. It was just one of those things."

Overeem just can't seem to escape controversy wherever he trains.

In fact, he was recently accused (by this guy) of intentionally injuring a training partner -- also by way of mangled knee -- during his stint at the Blackzilians camp in Boca Raton, Florida. But injuries are not uncommon in mixed martial arts (MMA), so there is a chance that "Reem" is just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A lot.

Taking over for Jones and Cormier will be the "real" UFC 178 main event between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso. Find out how that new card is shaping up right here.