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Former UFC champion Jon Jones has avoided jail time by pleading guilty

The fighter was arrested in April on hit-and-run charges.

Jones kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title bout at UFC 182 in January.
Jones kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title bout at UFC 182 in January.
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FORMER UFC LIGHT Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico in relation to charges against him relating to a car crash earlier this year, according to a UFC statement.

The organisation went on to say in the statement that they “through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.”

Jones is regarded by many in MMA circles as one of the greatest fighters of all time, and was ranked the number one pound-for-pound fighter by many outlets.

The New Yorker had been expected to defend his Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson in May, but was stripped of that opportunity because of his charge.

Meanwhile, Jones has himself also released a statement this evening:

“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility.

“I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it.

“I apologise to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.”

UFC fans can now potentially look forward to more of this in the near future if the UFC decide to reinstate Jones to competition…

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

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