Jon Jones remains in New Mexico jail awaiting Thursday bail hearing over potential probation violation

Jon Jones (art credit Grant Gould © MMATorch)

Jon Jones remains in a county jail in New Mexico on Wednesday, and will remain there until a Thursday morning bail hearing.

According to multiple reports citing the courthouse, Jones is on the docket for an 8AM hearing Thursday, which keeps him in a jail cell for almost a full 48 hours on a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week.

Jones was pulled over for allegedly “drag racing,” which he vehemently denied during the stop, getting verbally combative with the ticketing officer. He was given five citations, and the run-in led his parole officer to scoop him up. Jones is on parole from the hit and run accident he had in April of 2015. The UFC stripped him of the Light Heavyweight Championship over that incident, and he’s hoping still to be able to face Daniel Cormier next month at UFC 197 in a return fight.

Penick’s Analysis: This certainly isn’t the best conditions in which to be preparing for a title fight and a return to the cage. That doesn’t necessarily mean the distractions will ultimately hurt his chances or his performance against Cormier on April 23 – provided the judge on Thursday sides with him and his arguments regarding last week’s stop – but this is going to be the longest time he’s ever spent in a jail cell. No matter what happens from here, he’s going to have that in his mind, and that he feels this entire incident has been overblown and unjust, that’s certainly not going to sit well with him.

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