Like much of the mixed martial arts community, Anderson Silva doesn’t seem to have a handle on if – or when -- Jon Jones will return to the UFC.
“I don’t think so,” Silva said when asked by TMZ if he believed the promotion would allow the suspended former light heavyweight champion to fight again. “Jones is a good boy, a good man. He needs to keep straight, keep focused.”
Jones was arrested on April 27 for an alleged hit-and-run car accident in Albuquerque, N.M., one day earlier. According to an arrest warrant, Jones ran a red light in a rented SUV, hitting another vehicle driven by a pregnant woman. He allegedly then fled the scene, returning only to grab a handful of cash before leaving again.
Jones is facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury. He made his first court appearance in Bernalillo Metropolitan Court on April 28 but did not enter a plea. A second court date has not been set. Jones was stripped of his 205-pound belt and suspended indefinitely by the UFC.
“I love Jones. He needs to change everything in life,” Silva said. “It’s very important.”
Silva has his own issues at hand. The ex-middleweight titlist twice tested positive for steroids in relation to his win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31. “The Spider” has yet to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission for a disciplinary hearing. Silva will likely be fined, suspended and have his victory overturned.