UFC fighter Jon Jones has been stripped of his light heavyweight title and suspended indefinitely following his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque.
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UFC president Dana White made the announcement early on Wednesday morning (UK time) after he violated the athlete’s code of conduct policy.
“He’s very disappointed. He’s upset,” White told Fox Sports.
“He wanted to go down as one of the greats, or the greatest ever. He’s disappointed, but it is what it is. It was the decision we had to make.”
Jones was due to face Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas next month, however third-ranked Daniel Cormier will now face Johnson for the vacant title.
“For us to have to go in and strip him of his title and suspend (Jones), you know, it’s not fun,” White said.
“But the show goes on. Anthony Johnson is ready for this fight, and Daniel Cormier was beyond pumped to get this opportunity.”
Jones is alleged to have struck another vehicle on Sunday, leaving a pregnant woman with a broken arm.
According to ABC News, he was released on a US$2500 bond on Monday.
It’s not the first time Jones has found himself on the wrong side of the law after crashing a car into a telephone pole in New York.
He was fined US$50,000 last August after being involved in a brawl with Cormier in the lobby of the MGM Grand Casino during a UFC promotional event.