UFC Strips Jon Jones of Light Heavyweight Title, Slaps Ex-Champ with Indefinite Suspension

UFC Strips Jon Jones of Light Heavyweight Title, Slaps Ex-Champ with Indefinite SuspensionUltimate Fighting Championship superstar Jon “Bones” Jones was given an indefinite suspension and stripped of his light heavyweight title Tuesday, after he was arrested in relation to a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico.

Jones, who had held the UFC light heavyweight title since his victory over Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 in March 2011, is currently booked at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque. He is currently free on bond, and is charged on one count of felony leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.

According to police, a 30-year-old pregnant woman was injured after Jones crashed his Buick SUV into her red Honda on the morning of Sunday, April 26. A witness claims that Jones had ran up a dirt hill, returned to his SUV to get some cash, shoved the money in his pockets, and headed off on foot to a gated community. An off-duty police officer had immediately recognized Jones, quipping to reporters that he “watches UFC all the time.” A pipe with marijuana was found in Jones’ SUV, together with MMA and rental car documents in the troubled fighter’s name.

Prior to the UFC’s decision to suspend Jones and strip him off his title, Jones was scheduled to defend the light heavyweight championship against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23. Instead, Johnson will be facing Daniel Cormier, whom Jones defeated at UFC 182, for the now-vacant light heavyweight title.

Jones has been unavailable for comment since the incident, but had tweeted yesterday that he has “a lot of soul searching” to do. “Sorry to everyone I let down,” he added.