Although Jon Jones hasn’t been handed any travel restrictions, following his arrest this weekend, the fighter will not be heading to Las Vegas next month to defend the UFC’s light-heavyweight title.
The UFC has announced late on Tuesday that the promotion has stripped Jones of the light-heavyweight belt, following the news he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident. Not only that, but the UFC has confirmed that Daniel Cormier will fight Anthony Johnson for the now, vacant title on May 23rd.
Here is the statement that the UFC has released:
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 is facing up to three years in a prison, since a pregnant woman involved in the accident, suffered a broken arm.
This is also not the first time Jones has captured headlines for the wrong reasons. Following his unanimous decision win over Cormier at UFC 182 in January, it was revealed the fighter had tested positive for cocaine leading up the fight. The 27 year-old was also charged with a DWI back in 2012.
UFC 187 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cormier was originally booked to fight Ryan Bader on June 6th.
The promotion has not announced any alternative plans for Bader.