Despite currently being under arrest on a probation violation, Jon Jones and his team expect UFC 197 to go on as planned, and the UFC for their part seems to be willing to go ahead for now.
In separate statements released via MMAFighting.com, both Jones’ management team and the UFC commented on his current predicament.
“Jon and his team are taking this very seriously, and we will let the legal process play out,” said the management team. “We are confident he will be released once he has an opportunity to explain to the judge the facts in this case.”
Added the UFC, “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.”
Penick’s Analysis: Provided Jones can get in quickly with the judge to plead his case, and provided this doesn’t wind up leading to actual jail time, there’s no reason they can’t move forward with UFC 197. The traffic violation itself will be dealt with at a later date than UFC 197, and he won’t be facing any jail time on those citations, but the probation violation portion of this could be a very serious issue if things don’t go in his favor here.
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