UFC Champ Jon Jones Loses Title, Faces Jail Over Drug-Fueled Hit-And-Run

By McCarton Ackerman 04/29/15

Jones was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely.

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely after an alleged drug-related incident saw him flee the scene of a car accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.

The hit-and-run arrest took place last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Jones reportedly fled the scene after running a red light that caused the crash, but then came back to grab a “large handful of cash” from the car. Officers later found a pipe with marijuana in the car.

The UFC champion has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries, a felony crime that potentially carries three years in prison. However, he is not currently facing any drug-related charges. Jones was released on $2,500 bond and no travel restrictions were put on him.

“Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I’ve let down,” he tweeted on Tuesday. Jones was scheduled to defend his belt on May 23 against No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson, but has since been replaced with No. 3 contender Daniel Cormier.

Last December, Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine. Because it’s not banned out-of-competition under the World Anti-Doping agency code, the UFC could not penalize or forbid him from fighting against Cormier that month. But when his drug test results became public the following month, Jones apologized and entered an undisclosed treatment facility.

Unfortunately, his stint in rehab lasted just 24 hours. His mother, Camille, said the fighter was continuing to research and educate himself on drug addiction, but one of her statements to WBNG in New York is particularly painful to read in retrospect.

“I’m glad that this happened to Jon, that this stopped him in his tracks,” she said. “Me and my husband considered it a blessing from God that our child was able to ... know that he needed the assistance to stop before it came to something worse.”

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