Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was involved in a car accident and his UFC 187 title fight against Anthony Johnson is in jeopardy, MMAWeekly.com learned on Sunday.
UPDATE: MMAWeekly.com’s source originally indicated that the fight was off, but once the story was public they retracted their statement. Instead, the source then said Jones was involved in a car accident and his UFC 187 bout with Anthony Johnson is in jeopardy.
Unconfirmed reports swirled on Sunday afternoon alleging that Jones was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque on Saturday evening, although MMAWeekly.com was not able to confirm those reports.
The 27-year-old titleholder made headlines in January for failing an out-of-competition drug test for cocaine prior to his UFC 182 title fight against Daniel Cormier. He was fined $25,000 on Jan. 17 for violating the UFC’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy stemming from the positive test result.
Jones holds the record for being the youngest fighter to win a UFC championship at the age of 23. He’s widely regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world and holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses in UFC light heavyweight history with eight.
UFC 187 is scheduled to take place on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.