Jon Jones will have to undergo an X-ray on his left foot and will require clearance from an orthopedic surgeon before he will be permitted to fight at UFC 200.
After Conor McGregor was pulled from the UFC 200 card for missing his media obligations, the event was thrown a life line after both Jones and Daniel Cormier stated that they were keen to fight each other on July 9.
However, after beating Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 on Saturday it emerged that Jones had injured his left-foot in the process.
Consequently, Jones has been handed a six-month injury suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission that can only be lifted if X-rays on his left foot come back negative or get clearance from an orthopedic surgeon.
Without that clearance, Jones will be forced to sit on the sidelines until October 21, which would put him out of the running for UFC 200 and UFC 205 in New York City.
The interim light-heavyweight title holder was seen in a wheelchair backstage after the bout with Saint Preux but told the media that it was just normal fight wear-and-tear.
Happy to announce that I’m going on vacation #gone #100 ????
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 26, 2016
While Jones is confident that he will be able to put his name forward to compete at UFC 200, the decision is largely out of his hands and will be made by medical specialists in the coming days.
With McGregor off the fight card, Nate Diaz supposedly on vacation and now Jones looking doubtful, it is unlikely that UFC 200 will be the mega-event that it was billed to be.