Jon “Bones” Jones had a fight scheduled versus Anthony Johnson on May 23rd, but that won’t happen now as UFC has suspended Jones indefinitely and stripped of the light heavyweight title. Jones turned himself into authorities while he was in New Mexico on Monday due to being in connection with a hit-and-run crash. Jones is facing a felony charge for crash.
BREAKING: Jon Jones has been stripped of the light heavyweight title. Suspended indefinitely, per @foxsportslive.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 29, 2015
The Ultimate Fighting Championship released the following statement on Jones’ suspension and the revoking of his title.
UFC announced that it has suspended Jon Jones indefinitely and stripped him of the light heavyweight title as a result of violations of the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct Policy. Jones was recently arrested in Albuquerque, N.M. on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury. As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters.
UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.
With this decision, UFC has determined that No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson will now fight No. 3 contender Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.
Jones sent out the following tweet after the news broke about his suspension and loss of his title.
Jones, 27, still has a lot of his fighting career ahead of him. It will be best for UFC and mixed martial arts as a whole if Jones is able to get things back on track during his suspension.
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