Jon Jones Appears in Court, Set to Meet with UFC Brass

April 28, 2015
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Tuesday made his first court appearance since being accused of causing a car accident on Sunday and then fleeing the scene.

Jones has been charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or bodily harm.

He went before Judge Maria Dominguez at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in Albuquerque, N.M., but did not enter a plea, according to a report by

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Jones remains free on the $2,500 bond that he paid Monday night. He must follow standard conditions, which include restricting the use of alcohol and drugs. At the request of Jones’ attorney, Vincent Ward, the judge did not put any restrictions on Jones’ travel, as long as he remains in contact with his attorney.

Jon Jones UFC 87_9111-Saturate-750No future court dates have been set, as the district attorney must first review the case and determine whether or not to move forward. If the DA pursues the case, it would go before a grand jury. The DA has 60 days to make a decision.

Jones is accused of running a red light and smashing into another vehicle, which in turn hit another vehicle, and then fleeing the scene of the accident. The driver of the initial car that Jones is accused of hitting was a pregnant woman that suffered a fractured arm and wrist.

Due to the injury, the charge against jones is a felony count of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Great Bodily Harm or Death.

After fleeing the accident scene, Jones remained unreachable by the Albuquerque Police Department for more than 24 hours. He turned himself in without incident on Monday after police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Jones was released later that night after posting a $2,500 bond.

He is currently scheduled to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship against Anthony Johnson in the UFC 187 main event on May 23 in Las Vegas.

Remaining free on bond with no travel restrictions, Jones would be available to fight. UFC officials, however, have not yet commented on whether or not the fight will move forward as planned.

A UFC representative confirmed to that company president Dana White, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, and COO Lawrence Epstein flew to Albuquerque on Tuesday to have a face-to-face meeting with Jones. first reported news of company officials making the trip.

No further word is expected from the UFC until some point after the meeting.

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  • Mitt Zombie

    Can you say Scumbucket?

    • TheCerealKiller

      I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.
      – Charles Barkley

      • Darin

        Nobody says Jon Jones should raise our children. That’s a straw man argument. This guy (who was likely drunk or on drugs at the time, why else would he run and hide for a day and a half?) ran a red light, smashed into another car injuring a woman, then ran away like a bi-ch, then ran back to the car to grab his cash (probably some coke too), then again proceeded to run away like a bi-ch.

        I’m still waiting for him to come out and condescendingly tell us how God has forgiven him, or how this is all part of his beautiful spiritual journey through life, or some such bullsh-t.

        He’s a piece of sh-t. Nobody here should be spending money on anything mma related if Jon Jones is involved.

        • TRT-rex

          Your right he is a piece of s—! But with that being said, I will pay to see everyone of his fights. I couldn’t care less what these guys do in their free time!

        • TheCerealKiller

          Darin, are you a fan of any other professional sport other than MMA? If you are, you are a giant hypocrite.

          • Darin

            I’m a fan of many sports. Please tell me of other professional athletes that have done what Jon Jones just did.

            I don’t support anyone that does what he did. Is there anything you won’t overlook if a guy is a good fighter? Please don’t lecture me about hypocrisy.

            What’s with the boner for Bones anyway? Perhaps it’s your shared affinity for Cocoa Puffs 😉

          • TheCerealKiller

            Funny thing, I actually don’t eat cereal. I eat very few carbs.

            I’m all about the fight in the ring. I don’t care what anyone does in their personal time. I’m not looking for Tim Tebow, I just want to see the best fighters in the world compete. So now the UFC is going to overstep the police and start punishing people that haven’t been convicted of anything, yet they are going to still employ proven drug addicts and cheaters. Steroids and being high during a fight are way worse than getting into a car accident. Floyd Mayweather is guilty of domestic violence and multiple accusations of it, but they paid the women off. Dana loves the guy, he overlooks the crimes. What happens if the charges are reduced back to a misdemeanor and he’s sentenced to fines and community service? He didn’t call anyone the “N” word (Riley Cooper), he didn’t beat any kids (Adrian Peterson), he didn’t kill anyone (Donte Stallworth), he didn’t rape anyone (Ben Roethlisberger), he didn’t beat his wife/girlfriend (to many to name), he didn’t get caught three times cheating with steroids (Josh Barnett). He got into a car accident. I’m not sure where the moral line is being drawn, it’s way too blurry to make it out.

  • TheCerealKiller

    It’s sounding more and more like the fight will go on. I’m still taking Rumble to win by KO.

    • TRT-rex

      Nah. It gonna be Rumble vs D.C.

      • TheCerealKiller

        If so, Rumble by KO.

        Edit, DC is already headlining a card against Bader. Not gonna happen.

        • TRT-rex

          Exactly. Bader is gonna fight rampage on that card. Rumble is gonna fight DC.That’s just my opinion on how it’s gonna go down if Jon gets pulled from card. But I could be wrong! Who do you think should fill in?

          • TheCerealKiller

            If it happens, I would put my money on the winner of Bader/DC fighting Rumble. The card is so strong that it will still be great without the Rumble fight.

          • TRT-rex

            Told ya so

        • Darin

          Yeah, DC replacing a suspended Jones to fight Rumble…….never happen, lol

          • TRT-rex

            Called it

      • uncle

        Jones will fight Rumble, the show must go on he didn’t kill the b*tch. the UFC is like
        any other job .is the employee more of a asset or a liability Jon brings money I will not
        judge this man anymore he made a big mistake.

        • TRT-rex

          Boy were you wrong!

          • uncle

            a real man can accept being wrong. UFC made the right call and so did you

  • runner2300

    Dana will pussy out and let this fight go on….Dana is making the UFC look like a joke….discipline JJ or else discipline no one….

  • Jugs McKenzie

    At least when Jon pulls out of a fight, he does it with style.

  • Timothy Malone

    Imagine that Jones is stripped of his title and the UFC is smart enough to do a Light Heavyweight Grand Prix for the belt. What would be your 8-man bracket? Mine would be, doing top 7 ranked guys plus one dark horse:

    Ryan Bader vs Anthony Johnson
    winner against winner of
    Daniel Cormier vs Rashad Evans

    Quinton Jackson vs Alexander Gustaffson
    winner against winner of
    Glover Teixeira vs Ovince St. Preux

    • Sarge

      Jackson vs. Gustaffson seems like a mismatch up right there. i’d put OSP with Gus and Glover with Rampage.

  • Sir_Roy

    Perfect scenario; Jones fights Rumble. Jones gets KO’d. Jones goes to trial. Jones found guilty. Jones gets fired. Jones goes to jail.

    And, hopefully, Jones learns a lesson and grows the “f” up and proceeds to make a run at a comeback.

  • Sarge

    Jones wins via submission (keylock)

  • Mr. Bubbles

    I don’t think he did it.

    • Sarge

      well whether he did or didn’t, he’s been stripped of the light-heavyweight championship.

  • jimmy777

    anyone else would have been fired on the spot and banned from the UFC for life..