Monday 24 October 2016

Former UFC champ Jon Jones given probation for fleeing the scene of an accident

Tom Rooney

Published 30/09/2015 | 20:22

UFC star Jon Jones
UFC star Jon Jones

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been given probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.

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Last April, the 28-year-old allegedly drove through a red light before hitting a car being driven by a pregnant woman, who sustained a broken arm in the collision. Witnesses claimed that Jones left the scene, only to return to the car to retrieve an unspecified amount of cash.

Jones turned himself into police in Albuquerque 24 hours later, after a warrant for his arrest had been issued. Police also found marijuana in his rented car at the scene.

In light of the fact that Jones had tested positive for cocaine in January and was arrested for driving under the influence in 2012, the UFC were compelled to strip him of his light-heavyweight title.

UFC president Dana White attended the New Yorker’s hearing earlier today, where the judge handed out a sentence of up to 18 months supervised probation and ordered Jones to make at least 72 speaking appearances.

During his glittering career, Jones became the youngest UFC champion in history when he defeated Shogun Rua in 2011 to capture the 205lbs crown. He would then go on to defend his title a record eight times, most recently against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 last January.

After Jones was stripped of his belt, Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 to claim the interim title, and he will make his first defence on Saturday against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.

Neither Jones nor the UFC are yet to make any announcement regarding his future in MMA, though it seems highly unlikely he will not return for a potential rematch with Cormier.

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