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Former UFC champion in trouble with the law

2016-02-08 21:43
Jon Jones (supplied)

Cape Town - Former UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones is in trouble with the law once again.

The 28-year-old is expected in court on Wednesday after being cited for driving without a licence, registration or proof of insurance.

Jones will attend court in Albuquerque, New Mexico according to Nick Strickland from MMALatest.com.

These are the latest charges in a long string of traffic problems that  Jones has had through out his career. It is unclear if this charge will stop Jones from competing in the main event of UFC 197 where he is set to challenge Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title that he (Cormier) won after Jones was suspended and stripped for his involvement in a hit and run incident in 2015.

Jones and the victim of the accident came to a plea agreement which allowed Jones to avoid jail time. Under the terms of his probation Jones is not supposed to break any laws and this most recent could be deemed a probation violation.

Kayla Anderson, the public information officer at the court where Jones was sentenced, released the following statement regarding the matter.

His (judgement and sentence), Conditional Discharge, has a box that can be checked if a special condition of probation is imposed prohibiting the defendant from driving without a license. That box was not checked, so there is no special condition of probation forbidding driving without a license.

However, all defendants being supervised on probation are required generally to not violate any laws. We have not received at this time a formal report of a violation of probation. It does not appear that Mr. Jones is in custody at (the Metropolitan Detention Center).

Our office has the discretion to pursue a revocation of probation if an alleged incident arises to the level of a substantial violation of probation. Our office makes that determination after we have examined all the facts surrounding the incident. As of today, we do not have enough information about the 1/31/16 incident to make that determination, but we will examine the matter.

Generally, if we decide to pursue a probation revocation, and a judge determines that there has been a substantial violation of probation, it is up to our office whether we seek to revoke a conditional discharge, and it is up to the judge to ultimately decide if a conditional discharge will be revoked and sentence imposed. Those decisions are made on a case to case basis. The court can also impose a wide range of sanctions, some of which do not necessarily require the loss of a conditional discharge.

Promotional officials are yet to respond to a request to comment from MMA Latest but Jones' team have and said the following: "He will be in traffic court on Wednesday just like everyone who gets caught speeding. Nothing to read into here but he was speeding. He is fully licensed and insured."

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