UFC Strips Jon Jones of Title, Daniel Cormier to Face Anthony Johnson For Championship
By FCF Staff
Following the arrest of Jon Jones this past weekend, the UFC has announced it is stripping the renowned fighter of the light-heavyweight title.
Jones has been accused of leaving the scene of a car accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which sent a pregnant woman to hospital with a broken arm. The 27 year-old is facing up to three years in prison if he’s convicted of the felony charge.
Late on Tuesday, the promotion posted the following statement at UFC.com:
UFC announced that it has suspended Jon Jones indefinitely and stripped him of the light heavyweight title as a result of violations of the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct Policy. Jones was recently arrested in Albuquerque, N.M. on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury. As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters.
UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.
With this decision, UFC has determined that No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson will now fight No. 3 contender Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.
Shortly after Jones decisioned Cormier in January, it was revealed the now former champ had tested positive for cocaine leading up to the bout. Jones was also charged with DWI in 2012.
Cormier was initially scheduled to fight Ryan Bader on June 6th.