Jon Jones, the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, will face a serious opponent – a felony charge in connection to a hit and run accident on Sunday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The youngest ever UFC champion was allegedly involved in this incident.
An Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson has confirmed to the media that the 25-year-old woman driving the car Jones allegedly struck has suffered a broken arm. The victim is also believed to be pregnant.
Initial statements that the victim had non-serious injuries has been confirmed as incorrect.
The Albuquerque PD is still waiting for Jones to turn himself into custody. Jones will be charged with leaving the scene of a crime, a felony charge that potentially carries jail time in New Mexico.
According to the police report, witnesses saw a man fitting Jones’ description leave the silver vehicle that struck the woman’s vehicle before stopping and returning to the car to take money from the vehicle. He then allegedly fled the scene.
The car that was left behind was a rental car and a marijuana pipe with marijuana inside it was found in the car.
Police tried to contact Jon Jones at his residence in Albuquerque on Sunday but were unable to contact him. Since the beginning of 2015 Jones has lived in Albuquerque, the base of his gym, Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA.
Jones (21-1) is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas. Whether or not this fight will take place is still unknown.
UFC released a statement Sunday night:
“We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”
Jones was arrested in May 2012 on suspicion of DUI when he crashed into a telephone pole in New York. He avoided jail time after a guilty plea.