It looks like the UFC has taken yet another devastating blow to one of their highly anticipated pay-per-views.

On Sunday afternoon, reports began to circulate that reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had been forced to withdraw from his main event title fight against Anthony Johnson at UF 187 next month.

According to twitter personality and MMA insider FrontRowBrian, Jones has been taken into custody after fleeing from the scene of a car accident he was involved in while under the influence.  Cocaine was also found at the scene of the crime.

If true, this marks the third high profile incident the man known as ‘Bones’ has been involved in with the previous being failed drug test that showed traces benzoylecgonine, a primary metabolite of cocaine, earlier this year and a DUI charge in 2012, also in Albuquerque.

Jones (21-1), currently the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter on the planet according the The MMA Corner’s fighter rankings, was last seen earning a unanimous decision over bitter rival Daniel Cormier in their main event title fight at UFC 182 early this month. It was not soon after all hell broke loose in Jones’ life as it was revealed pre-fight drug test results revealed he had tested positive for cocaine. However, since the Nevada State Athletic Commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, Jones was not suspended due to the fact the fact cocaine is not considered a banned out-of-competition substance.

UFC 187 is currently scheduled to take place on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. If Jones is indeed pulled from the card, the middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, which was originally scheduled to take place in the co-main event, is expected to be promoted to the headlining act

Update

The Albuquerque Police Department posted possible update on Jones’ alleged car crash.

Update

Front Row Brian has since backtracked on initial report involving Jones being taken into custody.

The Albaqueque police department would also chime in regarding the, what can be imagined, hundreds of questoin sent their way from the masses of curious mixed martial art fans.

Update

TMZ Sports is now reporting Jon Jones is the main “person of interest” involving a hit and run accident in Albuquerque earlier today. The light heavyweight champion is is “wanted for questioning” in regards to the crash. It should also be noted there was no mention of any type of drugs or drug paraphernalia having been found at the scene.

Reporter David Kano had similar results when contacting Albuquerque PD.

Update

In arguably the biggest break this story has had, MMAFighting’s Marc Raimondi has is reporting a middle-aged woman’s car was struck Sunday morning in Albuquerque, N.M. The person in the vehicle fled the scene and, confirming TMZ’ story, Jones is wanted for questioning. Police will not confirm if Jones is a “suspect” and no warrant has been made for his arrest os of yet.

Update

The Albuquerque Police Department have released an official statement regarding the Jon Jones incident, confirming the reports that he is being sought for questioning. They also revealed the other injured driver was a pregnant female in her early 20s.

The Albuquerque Police Department is actively seeking UFC Fighter Jon Jones for questioning in regards to his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident, near the intersection of Juan Tabo and Southern, in Southeast Albuquerque early this morning, April 26, 2015.

A pregnant female in her 20s, who was the driver of a separate vehicle, was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

Officers attempted to contact Mr. Jones at his residence Sunday evening, but were unsuccessful. We have also reached out to his lawyer, but as of now, have not heard back.

The Albuquerque Police Department is asking Mr. Jones to please contact us as we continue to investigate by calling (505) 242-COPS (2677).

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Update

The UFC has released an official statement regarding the Albuquerque PD’s investigation in the Jon Jones car crash.

“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.”

MMAJunkie has also reported Jones has officially been upgrade from “person of interest” to suspect in the hit-and-run case.

Update

Jones is still being sought by the Albuquerque Police Department for questioning in regards to his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident yesterday morning.

According to a report on MMAFighting a witness identified Jones as a the man fleeing from the scene of the crash. Marijuana paraphernalia was eventually found in the crashed car along with  paperwork that could only belong to Jones.

The man allegedly fled the scene on foot, before returning to retrieve cash from his vehicle then fleeing once more. A pipe with marijuana inside of it was found within the rental vehicle by officers, along with paperwork with the name “Jonathan Jones” affixed in relation to MMA and Nevada. Off-duty police officer J. Sullivan identified the man as Jones, stating on the report, “I watch UFC all the time, I know what Jon Jones looks like.”

While it was initially reported that Jones was facing misdemeanor charges , due to the fact the injured driver, a pregnant woman in her 20s, broke her arm in the collision, the potential charges were been upgraded to a felony.

Update

An an arrest warrant has officially been issued for Jones by the Albuquerque Police Department.

Update

It seems the Jon Jones saga has come to an end as MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani has confirmed the controversial fighter has been taken into custody by the Albuquerque Police Department.

Update

Jon Jones has officially been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, confirming the news reported earlier.

The MMA Corner will keep continue to monitor the situation and update this post as it progresses.

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  • Fhhhdhd

    You failed to mention the previous crash and dui so this is the third high profile case for him

  • fuckthissite

    José you fucking spoon! these are completely unconfirmed rumours, stop with the click bait you shit dick.

  • Jason

    What is this garbage reporting? The only source is a twitter post, while ABQ denies arresting anyone under the name Jon (or Jonathan) Jones. No saying it’s untrue, but this is embarrassing. Shock title.

  • Coont

    He took the risk making the article. … if true it will pay off

  • Bill Dorey

    This is all speculation.. Who the fuck is FrontRowBrian on Twitter? Apparently he knows information the UFC hasn’t disclosed about Jon Jones dropping out of the event… His first reports were that Jon Jones was taken into custody after a hit and run with cocaine at the scene and Jones under the influence…. He later said that it was unfounded… I’ll wait for the official statement from the police and the UFC.

    • bomanji

      “I’ll wait for the official statement from the police and the UFC.”

      –Here’s what I know so far – Bill Dorey on Disqus is naive beyond belief.

  • Brennerr

    Modern day “journalism”, a total and absolute cluster.

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  • Miss peken

    Jose, sorry but you need to change your credentials from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University to the Brian Williams school of B.S. and confabulation. Learn to report facts!