UFC president Dana White featured on yesterday’s edition of “FOX Sports Live” where he addressed the decision to suspend indefinitely and strip Jon Jones of the light-heavyweight title following an alleged hit-and-run car accident in New Mexico.
Jones’ most recent opponent and former title challenger Daniel Cormier (15-1) will step in to face no.1 contender Anthony Johnson (19-4) for the now vacant crown at UFC 187 on May 23.
Jones (21-1) turned himself in on Monday and has since been charged for fleeing the scene of the accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. Jones later posted $2,500 bail to leave the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center.
It’s alleged that Jones ran a red light during the early hours of Sunday morning which caused the accident. A man matching Jones’ description fled from an SUV, but returned to grab a handful of cash before fleeing the scene once again, according to witnesses.
A marijuana pipe, marijuana, and rental paperwork linking the vehicle to Jones were found by an off duty police officer who identified the 27-year-old.
While White is unsure as to what the future holds for the now former champion, the UFC has at least taken suitable action following pressure from many who felt Jones was let off lightly by the promotion after and out-of-competition drug test indicated a positive result for use of cocaine prior to his fight with Cormier in January.