Jon Jones has been stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title and suspended indefinitely following his arrest in New Mexico after a hit-and-run that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.
The decision was announced by the UFC after they decided that Jones had violated their athlete code of conduct policy. Dana White, President of the UFC and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta allegedly met with Jon in Albuquerque before the decision was made.
Jones was scheduled to defend his title in Las Vegas, May 23 against Anthony Johnson. It was set to be one of the biggest fights of the year.
Speaking on the situation, Dana White told Fox Sports:
He’s very disappointed. He’s upset. He wanted to go down as one of the greats, or the greatest ever. He’s disappointed, but it is what it is. It was the decision we had to make.
For us to have to go in and strip him of his title and suspend (Jones), you know, it’s not fun. But the show goes on. Anthony Johnson is ready for this fight, and Daniel Cormier was beyond pumped to get this opportunity.Advertisement
This means that the No. 3 contender, Daniel Cormier will face Anthony Johnson for the belt.
And it will still be one hell of a fight.