Jon Jones (pictured) might consider the octagon his second home, but for the next 24 hours or so, the former UFC light heavyweight champion better get nice and comfy in cell #26 inside Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque.
Jones has been held without bail since being taken into Tuesday morning for probation violation after last week’s drag racing citation. Jones is expected to remain there until appearing before judge Michael Martinez at 8AM local time.
Judge Martinez will either grant Jones his outright release or set bond. The most important issue for fight fans is whether Judge Martinez will place travel restrictions on the troubled 28-year-old.
Jones is currently slated to challenge light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier on April 23 at UFC 197 to try and reclaim the crown that was stripped from him following last April’s felony hit-and-run arrest where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm.
The UFC also temporarily suspended Jones after the arrest.
Jones was pulled over last Thursday around midnight and received five tickets – drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license plate, and modifying the exhaust pipe on his Corvette.
A heated Jones was video taped denying any wrongdoing while disrespecting the police officer along the way, calling the “pig” a “despicable” “f**king liar.”
Jones was placed on 18-months probation in September after copping a plea to the felony hit-and-run charge. The UFC reinstated Jones the following month and officially announced his rematch with Cormier in February.
The UFC is taking a wait-and-see approach with Jones’ latest legal setback. As of now, his shootout with Cormier is still on. However, there are rumblings that the promotion is scrambling to secure a Plan B just in case things don’t go well for Jones tomorrow.
Jones is no stranger to problems behind the wheel. He was just cited in January for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance.
In May 2012, Jones was arrested 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.
A year before that, Jones was picked up in Albuquerque for driving on a suspended license.