It seems as though mixed martial artist and Ultimate Championship former light heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones just can’t keep himself out of trouble with the law. He is currently in custody without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center since being taken into custody yesterday morning by the New Mexico Corrections Department. Jones is serving an 18-month supervised probation, which he received in a plea deal after his hit-and-run accident last April.
Last Thursday, March 24, Jones was pulled over in downtown Albuquerque and received five separate traffic citations for drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license plate and modifying his exhaust pipe.
The timing for the most recent of a string of incidents could be worse for Jones, coming only weeks before he is set to take on current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a well-anticipated rematch on April 23 as the pay-per-view headliner of UFC 197.
Jones currently holds a record of 21-1 in mixed martial arts, 15-1 in the UFC octagon. Cormier holds a record of 17-1 overall, and 6-1 within the UFC. As for the upcoming bout, representatives from Jones’ camp have expressed confidence that the fighter will not be prevented from competing at UFC 197.
Known as the youngest fighter to ever hold a UFC title, Jones picked up the belt after defeating Maurício “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 on March 19, 2011. Jones went on to defend his belt on eight separate occasions and was scheduled for a ninth against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson before he was stripped of the belt and suspended from the UFC indefinitely in connection with a hit-and-run incident in April of 2015. The incident also caused Jones to lose his sponsorships with Reebok and MuscleTech.
Jones issues with the police date back to before his hit-and-run, though. He picked up a DUI charge in 2012 after he drove his Bentley Continental GT into a pole in Binghamton, NY. He sparked a fight with long-time rival Cormier during a promotional event for UFC 178 and failed a drug test prior to UFC 182 in 2015 – among other issues in and out of the octagon.
Despite difficulties, Jones was considered – and still is – by many in the MMA community to be one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in recent memory, if not all time. Though many fighters and fans have plenty of negative things to say, Jones has been one of the sport’s most entertaining fighters.
He recently went on MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and spoke about the incident:
"I definitely wasn't drag racing," Jones said. "I got emotional and said some things that I probably shouldn't have said to a police officer."
"He needed something to justify pulling me over. He fabricated the whole thing that I was drag racing."
Watch the video of the encounter below: