Trouble continues to follow former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is less than one month out from his UFC 197 title rematch with nemesis Daniel Cormier.
Jones, 28, was last week cited for five traffic infractions by police in Albuquerque, N.M. “Bones” discussed the matter during an interview on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour.”
Jones said that he was ticketed for drag racing, having a modified exhaust, swerving between lanes, exhibitionist driving and covering his license plate’s registration tag with a decorative cover. The citations came during the same week in which Jones was cleared in another traffic case, in which he was cited for driving without a license.
“I ended up getting a deferred sentence for not having my proper paperwork,” Jones said. “I went to court and the judge told me no citations for me, knowing that 90 days and this will go off your record. So, me knowing that, obviously, I am driving and following the law doing what I can to stay out of trouble.”
Jones admitted that he did, in fact, rev his engine to a car full of fans next to him at a red light, but that an officer pulled him over not long after the traffic signal changed. The infraction allegedly occurred in a 35 mile per hour zone.
According to Jones, he also admitted that he engaged in a verbal confrontation with the officer that became heated. According to the former champ, the officer acknowledged that Jones wasn’t speeding.
“I’m driving up the street, coming back from dinner with my teammates,” Jones said. “I pull up to the red light and there are these fans that are rolling down their window and trying to get me to roll down my window. I guess I wasn't really in the mood to talk, so I rev up my engine at them and they start clapping and smiling and they are happy. The light turns green and I start driving away. I literally get pulled over, like, I don't know, 10 yards after driving. I get pulled over in a 35 mile per hour zone and the officer tells me I was drag racing.
“I was obviously really upset and I asked him how is it possible to be drag racing in a 35 mile per hour zone. And he says, ‘Well, I didn’t say you were speeding, but I am going to ticket you for drag racing.”
Jones called the numerous citations “excessive.”
TMZSports.com on Monday posted a video of the altercation taken from the officer’s body camera. In the footage, Jones disputes the officer’s version of events, and calls the officer a “f---ing liar” and a “pig.”
It’s too early to tell if this latest incident with Jones will curtail his comeback. Jones is currently on probation for the much-publicized hit-and-run accident he caused last year that left a pregnant woman injured. He was warned by law enforcement officials to not get any citations for 90 days while on probation.