It’s been a bad 24 hours for one of UFC’s biggest stars. In that time Jon Jones has been charged with a hit-and-run and from the ensuing fall-out, has been dropped by the UFC, stripped of his light-heavyweight title and lost his lucrative Reebook sponsorship deal.
It is reported that Jones fled the scene of a hit-and-run incident where he had struck a pregnant woman resulting in a badly broken arm. Police later found a marajuana pipe and other drugs in his rented vehicle. Eyewitnesses reported that after fleeing the scene on foot, he returned briefly to remove a bag of cash from the car and had no regard for the injured party.
Jones later turned himself into police and has since been released on bail having been charged with a felony of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury. This could see Jones imprisoned for up to three years.
Jones has since broken his silence showing some remorse on Twitter:
The former champion was due to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas next month. Johnson will now fight Daniel Cormier for the vacant title in the main event on 23rd May.
A statement released on the UFC website read:
Jones was recently arrested in Albuquerque, 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 organisation 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 organisation remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.
Reebok also announced today that they are dropping the former star with immediate effect. Jones is no stranger to losing lucrative contract deals having been dropped by Nike late last year after a pre-match bust-up with his opponent Daniel Cormier.
Watch his bust-up here: