This past Sunday Jon Jones ran a red light, it is believed that he was driving while impaired, in the early morning causing a three-car accident. One of the drivers, a pregnant woman, was sent to the hospital with a broken arm and wrist. The incident is part a continuing trend of poor choices by Jones which was made worse when he ran off only to return moments later to grab a “large handful of cash” out of his rented car and ran off again before the police arrived on scene.
The UFC put their foot down on Tuesday following his arrest by suspending Jones indefinitely and stripped him on his Light Heavyweight title, the first time in UFC history that a champion lost their title due to disciplinary reasons. Jones was scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 at the end of May but he will be replaced by Daniel Cormier, the #3 ranked fighter, with the winner taking the title.
What is sad is that Jones as a person is not a bad guy. He is good family man, loves his significant other and their three children and he has put himself in to harm’s way to stop a thief who had robbed an elderly couple hours before a fight.
Many consider him to be the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world and was set to defend his title for the 9th time against Johnson but now that is gone. Since 2012 he has made bad decision after bad decision including a DWI, a refusal to take a scheduled match, dirty fighting, slanderous slurs and most recently a positive test for cocaine prior to his last fight in December.
I think there are things that fans are willing to overlook within reason but he is looking at felony charge and possible jail time not to mention there were injuries to an innocent victim. I think there will be a mass abandonment of fans along the lines of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Michael Vick and A-Roid. I am a Ryan Bader fan so I am not a Jones fan (he beat Bader in a 2011 fight to determine who was going to fight for the Championship) but I respected his training process and his fighting ability and this is such a disappointment and a waste of talent.
Autographs that used to sell for $25 or more as recently as December are now going for under $10 now and relics can be picked up for $2-$5 each. I wonder what the prices will be at in a couple of weeks.