Jon Jones has been arrested due to a violation of his probation, jeopardizing his headliner bout at UFC 197.
Jones, who is expected to face Daniel Cormier on April 23, was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon by officers from Probation & Parole after being given five tickets by Albuquerque police on Thursday.
Albuquerque PD released the body-cam footage of Jones being pulled over and ticketed for drag racing among other violations, which Jones denies. Normally, these tickets would not warrant an arrest but Jones was on probation following his infamous hit-and-run incident last year in April. In the video, Jones and the police officer debate the legitimacy of the accusations which ultimately results in a heated argument involving a lot of swearing.
Jon Jones’ management team released a statement to MMAFighting.com on the issue which can be read below:
“Jon and his team are taking this very seriously, and we will let the legal process play out. We are confident he will be released once he has an opportunity to explain to the judge the facts in this case.”
The UFC also released an official statement regarding the situation, with no clear insight on whether or not the April 23 fight will go on.
“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.”