Jon Jones has made a statement on his return to fighting

Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones, sidelined for at least eight months due to a torn pectoral muscle, has responded to all those who doubt he can make a full recovery and successfully return to fighting.

“I hate hard times, I hate adversity, but I love being a person who shows perseverance and refuses to give up,” the 36-year-old American wrote on social media. “I’m not someone to be discounted. My best days are still ahead of me.”

Jones also posted a short video showing the aftermath of the surgery he underwent last week.

Jon Jones was scheduled to go on the road to defend his title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 in New York City on November 11, but suffered an injury two and a half weeks before the fight and dropped out of the event’s lineup.

According to the UFC’s plan, Jones will fight Miocic after his recovery, and then the winner of that fight will face the division’s interim champion, who will be determined ten days later in a fight between Russian Sergey Pavlovich and Brit Tom Aspinall.

Recall that in March of this year Jon Jones successfully resumed his career after a three-year hiatus, finishing Cyril Gagne with a guillotine in the first round and winning the vacant UFC heavyweight championship belt.