Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is in trouble with the law again and it could mean his UFC 197 headline fight against current champ Daniel Cormier is in jeopardy.
On Thursday, Jones was stopped by police in New Mexico and presented with five tickets for drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license, and modifying his exhaust pipe, reports MMA Junkie.
Bodycam footage from the police stop in which Jones can be seen and heard aggressively denying the allegations of drag racing and swearing at the cops recently went viral.
Things, however, have now gone from bad to worse for the 28-year-old UFC star, as reports suggest that he has been arrested and booked earlier today at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque on a charge of violating his probation.
TMZ were first to report the news of Jones’ arrest and they noted that he turned himself in to police at 10am on Tuesday morning, before posing for the below mugshot.
Jones was given up to 18 months supervised probation last year after being convicted in a hit and run case in April 2015, in which the UFC star crashed into a pregnant woman’s car, which left her with a broken arm, and then fled from the scene on foot.
Under the terms of his probation, he was forbidden from breaking any laws, and the judge felt the drag racing citation qualified as a violation.
Last year’s hit and run incident resulted in the UFC stripping Jon Jones of his light heavyweight championship, and you can’t help but wonder how this will affect the former champ’s upcoming rematch against old foe Daniel Cormier, currently scheduled for April 23.
Shortly after news of Jones’ arrest broke, the UFC issued this statement:
UFC is aware that Jon Jones turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department this morning for a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week. UFC has been in touch with Jones’ legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has had appropriate time to gather necessary information.
EAG Sports, which represents Jones, also issued a statement saying:
Jon and his team are taking this very seriously and we will let the legal process play out. We are confident he will be released once he has an opportunity to explain to the judge the facts in this case.
For his part, Daniel Cormier is staying tight lipped on the issue, at least for the time being.
A representative from Cormier’s PR firm, Zinkin Sports, told MMA Junkie that the champ had no comment:
At this point in time, ‘DC’ has no comment. He is 100 percent focused on training and preparing for his upcoming fight.
After the footage of the police stop went viral, Jones was quick to deny the allegations and told MMA Fighting that the police officer ‘fabricated the whole thing that I was drag racing’.
More on this story and how it affects the UFC 197 main event, as it develops.