As talented as Jon Jones (pictured) is inside the cage, the former UFC light heavyweight champion is just as big of a problem outside of it – particularly behind the wheel.
Following Tuesday’s arrest for probation violation after receiving five tickets last week, which included drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license plate, and modifying the exhaust pipe on his Corvette, the UFC issued a statement Thursday after Jones’ release from Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque expressing their “disappointment” in the most decorated light heavyweight champ in company history.
Now that Jones has been freed from cell #26, his title bout against champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 will move forward as planned.
“UFC respects the decision made today by Judge Michael E. Martinez in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court regarding the probation terms of the case involving Jon Jones,” the UFC expressed in today’s official statement. “The organization was disappointed to learn that Jones was cited for several traffic offenses last week, as well as concerned by the nature and tone of portions of the conversation between Jones and the citing officer.
“Still, UFC respects Jones’ right to contest those traffic citations in court and receive a fair hearing on the matter. Jones’ scheduled bout on April 23 will proceed as planned, however, Jones understands that the UFC expects him to fully cooperate with the terms of his probation as set forth by Judge Martinez.”
On Thursday, Jones admitted guilt to drag racing in order to be released from prison. However, additional provisions were added to the existing 18-month probation sentence he was issued in September after copping a plea for the hit-and-run charge.
“Bones” must now attend anger management and driver improvement courses, as well as execute 60 additional hours of community service.
In addition, Jones now needs approval from his probation officer whenever he wants to drive.