On Monday, April 27, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, light heavy weight champion of the world, Jon Jones, was arrested. Jones was involved in a hit and run, where he fled the scene on foot and was noticed by a witness. As a result, Jones has been stripped of his championship title as well as being suspended indefinitely.
Police were unable to reach Jones or his lawyer during the day, and they issued a warrant for his arrest on felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident. Jones eventually turned himself in before being released on $2,500 bond.
This is not the first time Jon Jones has been in trouble during his championship realm. Back in 2012, Jones was arrested after crashing into a telephone pole. His license was suspended and he was charged with a DWI, but he did not face any jail time.
Before Jon Jones’ last fight with Daniel Cormier, they got into a brawl in the lobby of the MGM Grand casino while at a promotional event. This resulted in Jones being fined $50,000, and he had to do community service.
Jones has also failed a drug test, which he apologized for, but he only spent one day in rehabilitation before checking himself out.
“Fair or not, it seems all of the great things Jon Jones has done in his short time in mixed martial arts…including becoming the youngest champion in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history, breaking longstanding records, and beating one legend after another…have been erased from the memory of many fans after ‘Bones’ was arrested for his hit-and-run accident” (www.mmamania.com).
This goes to show that one stupid mistake like this can really change everything. Jon “Bones” Jones is a world renowned fighter and now people will ultimately begin to think differently.
Because of Jones’ suspension, “Daniel Cormier was given another shot at winning the strap as he was pegged as Jon’s replacement against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015” (www.mmamania.com).
Jon Jones realizes what he has done is wrong, and he has made a huge mistake. MMA agent and good friend of Jones, Malki Kawa, stated “the embattled champion is focusing on himself at the moment.”
Jones tweeted after the incident, “Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I’ve let down.” At the moment, no one truly knows if Jones will ever be in the octagon again; only time will tell.