Judge Rules Jon Jones Can Fight At UFC 197
Bloody Elbow – Judge Michael Martinez has ruled that former UFC champ Jon Jones will be able to fight at UFC 197 in Las Vegas on April 23. Jones spent a night in jail for probation violation after being pulled over and accused of drag racing.
The Bernalillo County District Attorney had sought “to have Jones’ probation revoked and then reinstated with three new conditions: Jones completes a driver improvement course; he agrees to a curfew; and he enrolls in and completes an anger management counseling course” according to MMA Fighting.
The judge declined to impose a curfew after his defense argued it would impede his ability to travel to Las Vegas for the title fight. However Jones is not permitted to drive without the permission of his probation officer, and Martinez warned Jones that another court appearance “won’t end well” for him.
Jon has been released following a night in jail.
This is good news for Daniel Cormier, fight fans and Jon Jones. The judge could have been a lying pig (shout out to the Jon Jones bodycam video…but not really because I don’t condone that kind of behavior but needed a funny throwaway line) and threw the book at him. I can see Daniel Cormier coming to the weigh-in with the cop that pulled Jones over and a t-shirt that reads Jones: This Won’t End Well. Jon Jones will proceed to do an eight ball of coke and still beat Daniel Cormier again…or not. That is my prediction for the fight.