Former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski commented on Jon “Bones” Jones recent sparring session with Alistair Overeem wherein the light heavyweight champion sustained an injury.
Arlovski said he himself nearly got injured when he sparred with the burly Dutch fighter.
“Usually sparring partners don’t try to inflict a real damage to each other. But Overeem at one moment kneed me really hard in the stomach. In a real fight I could have been KO’ed after that,” the Belarusian said in BJ Penn.com.
Arlovski was training to prepare for his fight against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in UFC Fight Night 51 this September.
“I rushed to a hospital to make sure that my ribs are not broken. Thank God, everything was all right, though initially me and my coach, we were afraid that Bigfoot bout would have to be cancelled,” he said.
Arlovski claimed that Overeem, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion, has the tendency to fight dirty even during sparring sessions. This, he said, might have caused Jones torn meniscus.
The injury forced the UFC to move the champion’s September title defense against Daniel Cormier to January next year.
“Now I know that Overeem injured Jones simply because he injures everyone he trains with,” he said.
But MMA coach Greg Jackson refuted Arlovski’s claim, citing that the injury was caused by a freak accident.
"It's part of the game, it wasn't like ... somebody went for a flying kick and dislocated [something]," Jackson said in MMA fighting.
"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."