Jon Jones is regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC. The young and vibrant fighter is the former 2-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. What’s more, he holds the record of being the youngest champion in the history of the promotion.
‘Bones’ has amazed the entire UFC fraternity with his skills and techniques. Ranked at #1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings, Jones has truly given a lot of memorable moments to his fans.
While he has had an amazing career as an MMA fighter, Jones always had a penchant for making it to the headlines for all the wrong reasons. One of them includes his hit-and-run case of 2015.
On April 26, 2015, details of Jon Jones’ hit-and-run case in Albuquerque went viral amongst his fans. According to the Albuquerque Police Department, the UFC champion broke the signal and crashed his SUV into a pregnant lady’s car. The lady, named Vanessa Sonnenberg, suffered a broken arm in the accident.
Jones was accused of leaving the scene of the accident and having marijuana inside the car. As a result of this, ‘Bones’ was stripped of his heavyweight title. He was also suspended by the UFC.
Later in September, the New Mexico court sentenced him to 18 months of supervised probation in connection with a hit-and-run incident. This is the statement the UFC released after that:-
“The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year.
“As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.”
There is no argument that the UFC champion’s fan following across the world is in millions, and people still love him for the passion for the sport. This is what Jones said:-
“I want to apologize to Ms. Sonnenberg’s team, all the offices who were involved that day. All the people who support me that I’ve embarrassed, my family.
“Mainly Vanessa Sonnenberg and her family for all the heartache that I must have put them through. I’m here to accept full responsibility for what happened.
“For my actions, and I’m really hoping that you guys can give me an opportunity to redeem myself.”
The phenomenal fighter holds many records which include the highest number of wins, and the most submission victories in the heavyweight division. Undoubtedly Jones has made a mark of his own in the octagon. He is genuinely the greatest fighter that UFC has ever seen.
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