Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was hit with a flagrant foul during an NBA game on Sunday and former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones shared his reaction to the incident on social media.
On Sunday, James and the Lakers took on the Houston Rockets, winning the game 120-102. The foul occurred less than a minute into the second quarter when James was driving to the Rockets’ net. As James closed in on the basket, the Rockets’ DeMarcus Cousins attempted to swipe down at the basketball but ended up striking James’ face with his elbow.
“King James” immediately fell to the floor and Cousins, who also received a technical foul in the first quarter, was ejected from the game. James recovered from the strike and resumed play. You can watch the foul below:
Boogie gets ejected after a hard foul on LeBron. pic.twitter.com/nZ1VzqdoQj
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Jones took to Instagram to share his reaction to the foul. “Bones” is no stranger to taking powerful shots by large athletes, fighting the likes of Daniel Cormier, Thiago Santos and Alexander Gustafsson inside the UFC’s Octagon.
Jones shared a clip of the foul via Instagram Story, writing, “wishing king James a speedy recovery,” and using the woozy face emoji and the laughing emoji. See below:
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Jones Is Heading Up a Weight Class, Could Fight Winner of Miocic vs. Ngannou
Jones is currently preparing for the UFC’s heavyweight division after relinquishing the light heavyweight title last year. A potential next opponent for Jones is Francis Ngannou, should he defeat champion Stipe Miocic in their title fight later this year. Ngannou is regarded by many as the most fierce power puncher in the promotion and is a fascinating test for the pound-for-pound great.
However, it is presumed that the fight between Miocic and Ngannou has to happen before Jones challenges for the title. Ngannou is on a four-fight win streak, with all of the victories coming via first-round KO/TKO, and is ranked No. 1 in the division. He is the consensus top contender and according to Ngannou, the UFC is considering March for the championship bout.
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Jones Has Only 1 Career Defeat, Beaten Some of the Biggest Stars in the Sport
Jones has long been in the discussion for the greatest fighter of all time as he is one of the most dominant champions to ever step inside the UFC’s Octagon. Jones won the light heavyweight championship in 2011 at 23 years old, the youngest fighter to ever win a UFC title.
With a record of 26-1, Bones defended the title a total of 10 times and has only suffered one loss, a disqualification to Matt Hamill when Jones was ascending the rankings toward a shot at the championship. During his career in the UFC, Jones has defeated the likes of Daniel Cormier, Lyoto Machida, Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson.
He is currently ranked No. 2 on the official male pound-for-pound list, behind UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.