Jon Jones, despite his legal battles, says that he has gone a long way in his training and that he is still set to face Daniel Cormier in UFC 197.
MMA Fighting reported that Jones was arrested Tuesday morning by officers from Probation and Parole. He was detained with no bail set as of this time. TMZ even posted his mug shot reporting that Jones was nabbed in violation of his probation stemming from the citations issued to him by an officer from the Albuquerque Police Department.
It was also reported that EAG Sports, that represents Jones, stated that they are taking the events seriously and will convene with their legal team with the aim to get Jones out of detention. Jones earlier denied all charges and stated that he will prove his innocence when he stands before a judge come April 5.
“We are confident he will be released once he has an opportunity to explain to the judge the facts in this case,” EAG Sports said in a statement.
Jones’ probation violation stemmed when he was pulled over by a police officer from the Albuquerque Police Department on the citation that he was drag racing. The officer issued five citations to Jones, who after the body cam was released at the time of his citation lashed out the officer and cited harassment.
Jones’ probation was a condition that was handed to him by a judge in April 2015 wherein he accidentally ran over a pregnant woman that resulted to the victim injuring her arm. The judge issued a conditional sentence to Jones to 18 months of probation and 72 hours of community service. The judge told Jones that if he completes all conditional sentences, his record will be clean.
But in January, Jones was cited for driving without a license, registration and proof of insurance. He was later cleared of all citations and did not affect his probation.
With all these distractions, Jones vows to prove he is innocent and will still fight Cormier come April 23 for UFC 197. TMZ reported that once his legal issue is over, he would go back to serious training and even posted on Twitter that he would not let anything stand in his way as he will try to prove his point come fight night.
“Today I had some of the best workouts I’ve had all camp. I’ve trained too hard and come too far to let anything get to me at this point,” Jones said in his post.
On the other hand, the UFC has issued a statement that they are closely in touch with Jones, his camp and legal team. They will come up with a statement after they have gathered the necessary information regarding the matter.
“UFC is aware that Jon Jones turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department this morning for a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week. UFC has been in touch with Jones’ legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has had appropriate time to gather necessary information,” the UFC stated.
With that, Jones is still on schedule for his fight against Cormier and everything is going according to plan unless the court says so.
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