Video surfaced Monday of the immediate aftermath from the alleged Jon Jones hit-and-run crime scene on April 26, which led to the UFC indefinitely suspending Jones and stripping him of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Jones was arrested on April 27 after allegedly running a red light which caused a three-car collision, which lead to Jones fleeing the scene of the accident, only to return once to grab a handful of cash that was left in his vehicle. If convicted of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury, Jones will face up to three years in New Mexico state prison.
Below is audio of the 911 call that took place almost immediately after the accident, and video of the scene of the accident. Officer Tanner Tixier of the Albuquerque Police Department has confirmed that the video is body camera footage from the two officers who arrived and searched the scene of the accident.
Jones’ UFC Light Heavyweight Championship was up-for-grabs in a fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on May 27, which Cormier won. Cormier — who Jones defeated back in January — called Jones out after the fight by saying “Jon Jones, get your s**t together, I’m waiting for you.”
There have been rumors that Jones won’t be returning to the sport after this process has ended. Jones, 27, is already the greatest light heavyweight in UFC history, and he’s possibly the greatest fighter that the sport has ever seen. Last month, Jones’ manager said that there’s a 50/50 chance that Jones won’t ever return to the UFC, or even the sport of MMA. But, given the fact that Jones is so young, the odds are that he’ll return to the octagon at some point in the future.
With Jon Jones out of the UFC light heavyweight division — either temporarily or permanently — it’s more open than it’s been in a very long time, even though people aren’t looking at Daniel Cormier, or whoever ends up with the championship in the future as the real champion of the division.
UFC President Dana White has said that if/when Jones is able to return to the UFC, he’ll be granted an immediate title shot, presumably against Daniel Cormier if DC is able to hold onto the title until Jones returns.
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