UPDATE 3: According to MMAFighting.com, Jones has officially been named a suspect in a hit-and-run car accident in Albuquerque by Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Simon Drobik.
Shortly thereafter, the UFC released a statement on Jones, where they confirmed that they are “aware” of the sitation and will reserve an official comment until more information surfaces.
Read the full statement below:
“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.”
UPDATE 2: Albuquerque PD has provided new details on the case, indicating that Jones is wanted for questioning but isn’t confirmed as a suspect in a hit-and-run case.
UPDATE: While MMA Weekly originally reported that Jon Jones was out of his UFC 187 fight, they are now saying that their source has retracted and that the fight is “in jeopardy”. They have confirmed that Jones has been in an accident though. MMA Weekly’s Ken Pishna posted this on Twitter:
We can confirm Jones in accident. Fight has not been cancelled. Solid source initially said it was but retracted after report went public.
— Ken Pishna (@KenPishna) April 27, 2015
We initially posted MMA Weekly’s original report that Jones was out of UFC 187. That information is below.
Twitter has been afire with rumors about UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones today. Separating rumor from fact is very difficult in situations like this, but a legitimate outlet has apparently confirmed one thing – that Jones is out of his UFC 187 fight. Erik Fontanez of MMA Weekly has the info:
Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is out of his scheduled UFC 187 title fight against Anthony Johnson. Sources confirmed the development to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
The Struggles of Jon Jones
The Struggles of Jon Jones
Jones (21-1) has been the light heavyweight champ since UFC 128, where he defeated Mauricio Rua for the belt. He has since defended it successfully on eight occasions, most recently against Daniel Cormier in January. Johnson (19-4) defeated Alexander Gustafsson earlier this year to earn his shot at the title.
UFC 187 is set to take place on May 23rd in Las Vegas.
The UFC has not confirmed Jones’ removal from the card. The rumors of a traffic accident in Albuquerque being the cause of Jones’ removal have also not been confirmed according to a statement from the Albuquerque police.
We CANNOT confirm that Jon Jones was involved in a H&R traffic accident from this morning. The investigation is ongoing.
— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) April 26, 2015
Bloody Elbow will keep you updated with whatever legitimate information comes to light regarding this issue.
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