The UFC has dropped the hammer down on their trouble champion.

On Tuesday night, during an episode of Fox Sports Live, UFC President Dana White announced the promotion was officially stripping Jon Jones of his light heavyweight title effective immediately and suspending him indefinitely.

Jones was arrested on Monday on felony charge for leaving the scene of an accident, which left a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a fractured arm and wrist.While it was initially reported that Jones was facing misdemeanor charges, due to the severity of the injury to the other driver, the potential charges were upgraded to a felony. He was released earlier today after posting his own $2,500 bond.

“UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon,” stated UFC officials in a press release. “While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.”

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 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.

He scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 next month.

However, as a result of Jones’ suspension, White revealed UFC 187 will move forward with Cormier now facing Anthony Johnson in the main event, with the now vacant title on the line.

Prior to losing to Jones Cormier (15-1), the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling captain and Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix winner, walked away with back-to-back stoppage wins over Patrick Cummins and Dan Henderson as a member of the UFC’s 205-pound division. Prior to this, ‘DC’ competed as a heavyweight where he earned 13 consecutive wins, including decisions over former UFC champion Josh Barnett and Frank Mir

Johnson (19-4) earned his shot at the belt with an violent first round TKO over former title contender Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden last month. This victory gave ‘Rumble’ wins in 11 of hist last 12, including nine straight. He will enter this bout with 13 careers stoppage wins all of which have ended by way of knockout, including a  UFC record four coming inside the first minute.

 

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