Jon Jones Officially Reinstated by UFC
In a move most fans and observers believed would soon take place, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially reinstated former light-heavyweight champ, Jon Jones.
Earlier this year, Jones was suspended indefinitely and stripped of the 205 title, following his arrest for a hit-and-run incident. Recently the renowned fighter reached a plea deal with New Mexico authorities, and received 18 months of probation and multiple speaking obligations.
On Friday, the UFC released the following statement regarding Jones:
Following a review of the plea agreement reached by Jon Jones and officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the judge’s decision, UFC announced today the formal reinstatement of Jones to the UFC roster. Effectively immediately, Jones is eligible to return to competition. As such, UFC expects Jones to meet all of the terms of his plea agreement, including mandatory community service, as a condition of his reinstatement.
UFC is currently discussing with Jones a potential date for his return to the Octagon.
“We’ve made it clear to Jon that this new opportunity to compete in UFC is a privilege and not a right, and that there are significant expectations we have regarding his conduct moving forward,” said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “We’re happy to read and see reports that he has embraced the terms of his plea agreement and is using this experience to grow and develop as a person.”
“I am thankful to be able to do what I love once again and I look forward to proving myself as a champion in and outside of the Octagon,” Jones said.
Jones hasn’t fought since this past January, when he decisioned now reigning champ, Daniel Cormier.