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Former UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones was pulled over this past Thursday and given five traffic citations, among them drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license, and modifying his exhaust pipe, according to the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department.
Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) is scheduled to rematch champion Daniel Cormier (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in the main event of UFC 197, which takes place April 23 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
In a prepared statement, the UFC told MMAjunkie, “We are aware of the situation and are looking into the matter. We’ve also been in touch with Jon’s team regarding the matter.”
Video released by the police shows Jones in a verbal confrontation with the police officer that pulled him over near downtown Albuquerque at 11:46 p.m. During a pair of exchanges, the former UFC light heavyweight champ called the officer a “liar” and a “pig” and denied drag racing.
Today on “The MMA Hour,” Jones, 28, first revealed his most recent brush with the law, which comes while he is still under supervised probation from a hit-and-run accident in 11 months ago that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.
Jones again denied he was drag racing and said his emotions got the best of him.
“I definitely wasn’t drag racing,” he said. “I got emotional and said some things that I probably shouldn’t have said to a police officer.”
This past month, Jones was pulled over and cited for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. In an audio recording of the stop, he admitted to driving only with a passport and expressed surprise he could not do so. He avoided a trip back to court, but was given three days of community service for failing to report the citations.
It’s unclear what effect the latest charges will have on Jones’ probation. Phil Sisneros, a spokesperson for Albuquerque’s second judicial district attorney’s office, told MMAjunkie the DA’s office hasn’t been able to track down the information on the fighter’s citations and said it is “premature” to say what’s next in the fighter’s case.
“As of yet don’t have the actual tickets in hand or the circumstances,” he said. “But that will certainly be something we’ll be looking into, what the effect on the probation could be. Now, we just don’t have the information.”
Jones is due in Albuquerque Metropolitan Court on April 5 at 11:25 a.m. to answer for the charges.
He was stripped of the light heavyweight title following his involvement in the hit-and-run incident this past April. His most recent trip to the octagon was his UFC 182 unanimous decision victory over Cormier in their first bout.