'Fu**ed up situation' - Twitter reaction to latest Jon Jones controversy
After being involved in a hit and run car accident, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones eventually turned himself in to the Albuqurque Police Department for arrest. Most within the sport have agreed the right course of action has followed.
As the story unfolded speculation grew about the repercussions for Jones.
Last night the UFC announced that Jones has been stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely by the UFC.
Anthony Johnson will now take on Daniel Cormier on May 23rd at UFC 187 for the light-heavyweight title.
Jon Jones took to twitter himself to give a pretty small apology considering everything that’s happened.
Stand-up comedian and UFC colour commentator, Joe Rogan probably summed it up best and reminded us that there was a real victim involved who sustained some injuries.
"@ufc did the right thing. F**ked up situation for sure. I just hope the woman he hit in the car is alright," he posted on his account.
UFC president Dana White appeared on FOX Sports Live to give a little detail on the decision. He described Jones as being upset about the decision to remove him from the UFC 187 title fight.
For the most part fans and fighters are glad with the course of action the UFC has taken. Jones was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2012 and had his driver’s licence suspended. Earlier this year it was revealed that he tested positive for cocaine in an out of competition random drugs test performed in December. Had the UFC not thrown the book at Jones, they may as well have thrown their Code of Conduct policy out the window.
The reaction on twitter has mostly been congratulatory towards the severity of punishment the UFC has imposed. Given Jones’s track record the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion needed to put some distance between them and their errant champion or risk being labelled an enabler of any possible future indiscretions.
There has also been quite a lot of support for Jones. It’s recognised that he’s made mistakes and maybe wasn’t always this person. In 2011 Jones was celebrated for just hours before claiming the title against Mauricio Rua, he and his coach Greg Jackson ran down a mugger who had just robbed an elderly couple.
US MMA journalist Ariel Helwani found some old interview footage where Dana White described how the biggest threat to Jones’ career lay outside the Octagon.
Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I've let down.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 29, 2015
I am happy that the @UFC released Jones for the simple reason that he will now be able to go back to just being Jon Jones and get some help— Pat Miletich (@patmiletich) April 29, 2015
Not enormously surprised at the title being stripped but I am at the timing. Strong statement from UFC.— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) April 29, 2015
Lots of people hit rock bottom and get their shit together. Very interested to see where things go with JBJ. Everybody loves a comeback.— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) April 29, 2015
@JonnyBones best of luck with everything bro. Regardless of everything you are still the greatest light heavyweight champion of all time!— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) April 29, 2015
Found this vid in an old article of mine. I wonder how differently people are defining Jon Jones now. https://t.co/4yZf5yCM5v— Simon Head (@simonhead) April 29, 2015
The world is mine.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 29, 2015
UK MMA journalist Simon Head found an old promo video of Jones asking to be defined. How the times have changed.
Meanwhile in the world of The Notorious everything seemed to be rosy in the garden.
"The world is mine," he tweeted to his followers.