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Jon Jones stripped of light heavyweight title, suspended indefinitely following hit-and-run in Albuquerque

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Jon Jones has been suspended indefinitely for his involvement in a hit-and-run this past Sunday that has the champ facing some serious felony charges. After staying out of the public eye for a few days to get his ducks in a row, Jones met with Dana and company earlier today to discuss his future.

Jones will have plenty of time to do some soul searching as there is currently no timetable for his return to mixed martial arts. The 27-year-old has been stripped of the light heavyweight title he defended a record 8 consecutive times since destroying Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for it in what was a magical 2011 for Jones – one that saw him taking home Fighter of the Year honors from most media outlets. Since then, Jones has conquered everything in his path inside of the octagon. Outside, however, he still has plenty of work to do.

This was the right move for the UFC to make following an accident that left a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a broken arm due to Jones’ continued reckless activity. While that is bad enough, it could’ve been a whole lot worse. Jones’ worst enemies aren’t the men he stands across in the cage; the men he has continued to solve like a puzzle and defeat through improvisation as he’s fought them. His worst enemy is himself. And while it’s a shame that we won’t get to see him take on Anthony Johnson next month in Vegas – I applaud the UFC for doing the right thing before Jones does some damage outside of the cage that either himself or an innocent person in the wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t walk away from.

For Jones’ opponent Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, he’ll still get a crack at the light heavyweight strap next month at UFC 187. Instead of facing Jones, he’ll now take on Daniel Cormier for the now vacant world title that Jones held for a record 1501 days.

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