Breaking: Jon Jones turns himself in on arrest warrant in Albuquerque for probation violation after traffic stop

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Jon Jones (art credit Grant Gould © MMATorch)

Just over three weeks out from his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 197, Jon Jones has been booked at the Albuquerque police department on a parole violation stemming from a traffic stop for drag racing late last week.

According to a report from TMZ, a judge issued a warrant for Jones’ arrest following the citations, and Jones turned himself into the police department on Tuesday morning. He’s currently being held at the county jail.

Jones maintained this week that he was not drag racing, and that the citations were unjust. Video was released of his verbal exchanges with the officer, which may have in part contributed to the multiple citations.

Penick’s Analysis: Well this is no good. Jones isn’t likely to be held in jail long here, and it’s entirely possible this won’t affect anything with his UFC 197 bout with Daniel Cormier, but a probation violation could land Jones in jail, which could in turn lead to him being stripped of the title again should he recapture it at UFC 197. Of course, his lawyer will argue that he should not be overly punished here in this situation because of Jones’ take on the stop, but it’s not clear right now how long this process will take.

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