Following a turbulent day of news surrounding Jon Jones – from being wanted for questioning in a hit-and-run accident, to subsequently being named a suspect, to then having a warrant issued for his arrest – the UFC light-heavyweight champion is in police custody. Albuquerque police representatives confirmed Jones’ status to MMAjunkie on Monday night.
In the early morning hours Sunday, a 25-year-old pregnant woman’s vehicle was struck after a silver Buick SUV ran a red light, causing her vehicle to hit a third car. A man matching Jones’ description ran from the SUV involved in the three-car accident before returning, grabbing a handful of cash and fleeing again, according to witnesses. An officer at the scene found rental paperwork linking the vehicle to Jones, as well as a marijuana pipe and marijuana.
The victim in the incident suffered a broken arm. Currently, Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC), the top-ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings, is scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson (19-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in next month’s UFC 187 pay-per-view headliner, which takes place May 23 in Las Vegas. The UFC recently released a statement stating officials are “gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available,” but made no mention of Jones possibly being pulled from the card.