Jon Jones Still in Custody; Ex-UFC Champ’s Hearing Set for Thursday

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 30, 2016

Jon Jones will remain in custody at the Bernalillo Country (N.M.) Metropolitan Detention Center until he appears before a judge on Thursday.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion’s hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. MT on Thursday before judge Michael Martinez, according to multiple reports. Jones was arrested on Tuesday for a probation violation and turned himself in at approximately 10 a.m. MT. No bail has been set.

Jones was arrested on Tuesday morning for an alleged probation violation after the fighter was cited for multiple traffic violations, including drag racing, on March 24. Body camera footage captured Jones calling the police officer a “liar” and a “pig” during a verbal dispute after being pulled over.

Jones is currently serving 18 months’ supervised probation after pleading guilty to fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque in April 2015. One of the terms of his conditional discharge was that he avoid trouble during his probation.

The past week marked Jones second brush with law enforcement since his probation began. On Jan. 31, Jones was cited for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance, but he was cleared of those violations in court earlier this year after providing the proper documentation.

Jones is scheduled to face Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight title rematch in the UFC 197 headliner in Las Vegas on April 23. It is currently unclear if the main event will go forward as planned.

“UFC has been in touch with Jones’ legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has the appropriate time to gather necessary information,” the promotion revealed in a statement on Tuesday.


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