Former UFC light heavyweight champion and No. 1 contender Jon Jones was arrested Tuesday for violation of his probation stemming from an altercation with a police officer last Thursday after he was pulled over and accused of drag racing.
Jones had claimed that he had just revved up his engine of his Corvette, and noted that he wasn't speeding nor arrested for speeding. The entire confrontation was caught on tape, and has inspired a mixed reaction from fans and media.
Jones was taken into custody at 10 AM local time by the Probation & Parole department and taken to the detention center where he was being held at last word.
TMZ Sports first reported the story and posted Jones' new mug shot. They also reported that EAG Sports, which represents Jones, 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."
Jones was sentenced to probation from his hit and run conviction last year, which resulted in his being stripped of his UFC light heavyweight championship. He has not fought since his January 2015 win over Daniel Cormier who subsequently defeated Anthony "Rumble" Johnson later in the year to win the vacant title. The Cormier vs. Jones rematch was scheduled to headline UFC's next big show on 4/23 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. At this time, no
statement has been made regarding if the arrest will affect this match.
Jones' 18-month probation was not revoked when he got a recent traffic citation because of the feeling that was a minor charge, and Jones proved he had a license and registration, something he didn't have in his possession when pulled over.
It was a day after his court case when it was agreed all charges would be dropped, pending him not getting in trouble over the next 90 days, when he was pulled over on the claim he was drag racing.
Jones was charged with drag racing, a noise disturbance violation, an illegible license plate, exhibition driving and an inability to maintain being in a traffic lane, which was considered a probation violation.
The UFC released a statement saying, "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."