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Jon Jones, Cage Fighting Champ, Charged in Felony Hit-and-Run

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 07:27 AM

Jon Jones, the suspended UFC light heavyweight champion, made his first court appearance Tuesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after allegedly injuring a pregnant woman in a car crash and fleeing the scene.

ESPN reported that Jones did not enter a plea or speak during the court proceedings. Judge Maria Dominguez did not increase Jones' $2,500 bond, which he made Monday.

The charge Jones received Tuesday, leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries, is a felony. On Tuesday night, UFC suspended Jones' May 23 fight against Anthony Johnson in Las Vegas, and stripped him of his title. Jones issued an apology on Twitter that same night.


"He's very disappointed. He's upset," said UFC President Dana White, according to The Associated Press. "He wanted to go down as one of the greats, or the greatest ever. He's disappointed, but it is what it is. It was the decision we had to make."

Jones allegedly ran a red light on Sunday, which caused a three-car pile-up. A pregnant woman, 25, broke her arm in the wreck.

Jones turned himself in after an off-duty police officer identified him as the man who fled the scene of the crash. Documents identifying Jones were found in the wreck along with a marijuana pipe. Witnesses said that he also returned briefly to the scene to take a "large handful of cash" from the vehicle shortly after the crash.

In 2012, Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge after he crashed his Bentley into a telephone pole in New York. Late last year, he tested positive for metabolites of cocaine.

"Something's going on in his mind," Rashad Evans told Fox Sports. "You're four weeks out from the fight. The only thing that you should be worried about is training and getting ready for this fight. When you're going out, trying to have a little party, or whatever the case may be, it's not good, and it's saying that something else is going on. Something's wrong."



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Jon Jones, the suspended UFC light heavyweight champion, made his first court appearance Tuesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after allegedly injuring a pregnant woman in a car crash and fleeing the scene.
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