Just when Jon Jones (pictured) thought things couldn’t get any worse, they have. Following Monday’s felony arrest for hit-and-run which resulted in a pregnant female breaking her arm, the UFC has stripped its most decorated light heavyweight champion of his belt for violating their Athlete Code of Conduct Policy.
The UFC has also indefinitely suspended the troubled 27-year-old in order to “allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters.”
Police also discovered marijuana in Jones’ abandoned rental car.
“UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon,” the UFC expressed in Tuesday’s official statement. “While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.”
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Jones was slated to defend his throne against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187, one of the promotion’s most star-studded lineups in recent memory. Johnson will now battle former top contender Daniel Cormier in the May 23 event for the vacant crown.
Jones backed the UFC into a corner with his latest setback. He tested positive for cocaine 31 days before he successfully defended his throne against Cormier in January at UFC 182.
Because Jones flunked an out-of-competition exam, the Nevada Athletic Commission couldn’t punish or overturn his win to a no contest. However, the UFC slapped the multimillionaire on the wrist with a $25,000 fine.
Of course, Jones’ downward spiral started in May 2012. He was busted for driving while intoxicated in New York after wrapping his $190,000 Bentley around a telephone pole. After pleading guilty, Jones was fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
Jones’s skills inside the cage are undeniable. Unfortunately, so are his substance issues outside of it. He is perfect through his past 12 outings, with his last eight being of the title defense variety, a UFC record in the division.
Johnson earned his crack at the crown by blasting Alexander Gustafsson in January. “Rumble” has won nine straight scraps and has turned into an absolute tank since realizing he should stop trying to squeeze his mammoth body into a welterweight frame.
Jones trounced Cormier to hand him his first professional defeat in 16 outings. The former Olympic wrestler was slated to meet Ryan Bader on June 6, but clearly couldn’t pass on another opportunity to compete for the hardware.
No word on who Bader will now face at UFC Fight Night 68.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s updated roster:
(UFC Fight Pass 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Justin Scoggins vs. Joshua Sampo
Islam Makhachev vs. Leo Kuntz
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff
Rafael Natal vs. Uriah Hall
Josh Burkman vs. Dong Hyun Kim
John Dodson vs. Zach Makovski
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga
Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne
Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Vitor Belfort vs. Chris Weidman (UFC middleweight champion)
Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier (for vacant UFC light heavyweight title)