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UFC champion Jon Jones stripped of his title and suspended

Published 29/04/2015 | 09:16

Jon Jones has been suspended by the UFC
Jon Jones has been suspended by the UFC

UFC champion Jon Joes has been stripped of his light-heavyweight title belt and suspended from the sport following his arrest for a hit-and-run incident involving a pregnant woman.

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The decision was made by UFC President Dana White, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and COO Lawrence Epstein yesterday and means that Jones' bout with Anthony Johnson, which was scheduled for May 23, will not take place with Daniel Cormier taking his place instead.

It's not the first time Jones has courted controversy and he was apologetic on Twitter.

“Got a lot of soul searching to do .Sorry to everyone I’ve let down,” he tweeted.

A statement from the UFC read: “UFC announced that it has suspended Jon Jones indefinitely and stripped him of the light heavyweight title as a result of violations of the organisation’s Athlete Code of Conduct Policy.

“Jones was recently arrested in Albuquerque, [New Mexico] on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.

“As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organisation believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters.

“UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organisation remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.”

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