UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his title following an arrest in an alleged hit-and-run incident in New Mexico.
Jones, who had previously failed a drug test after testing positive for cocaine, is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. He became the UFC’s youngest champion in 2011 and is a perfect 8-0 in title defenses.
Jones was scheduled to fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on May 23 as the main event for UFC 187. Daniel Cormier, who previously lost to Jones, will fill in and get a shot at the title in Las Vegas.
The now-former 205-pound champion Jones issued an apology on Twitter:
UFC commissioner Dana White made the announcement on Fox Sports 1.
“He’s very disappointed. He’s upset,” White told Fox Sports, the UFC’s official broadcast partner. “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.”
In addition to Jones’ failed drug test in December, he was also rested in 2012 after crashing his Bentley. He was issued a DWI, and his driver’s license was suspended.