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UFC, Jon Jones release separate statements following plea agreement

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Separate statements were released by Jon Jones and his employer, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, following his appearance earlier today in Bernalilo County’s Second Judicial Court for his involvement in a hit and run that injured a pregnant woman earlier this year.

“The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition. 

“More information will be made available following completion of this review.” via – UFC.com


“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life. “ – via EAG

As expected, Jones will not serve any hard time for leaving the scene of the crime, and then coming back to grab a “large handful of cash” from his SUV and some paraphernalia (allegedly) before leaving the scene again. Did Jones get off scott-free? Not exactly. 18 months of supervised probation and 72 speaking appearances to “young people” will be in the cards for the 28-year-old UFC legend as far as his near future goes.

As far as the UFC goes, the timing could not be more convenient with the belt that Jones never lost (in the cage at least) being put on the line this weekend when Daniel Cormier takes on Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 192.

Will the P4P greatest fighter on the planet be in attendance when his top two rivals take center stage inside of the Toyota Center in Houston this coming Saturday night? Or will he continue to those all important steps to bettering himself before even considering making a comeback to the sport that made him an international superstar? Sound off below.

 

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