Jon Jones, former UFC light heavyweight champion, last week revealed that he had received a total of 5 traffic citations during an incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During an interview on the MMA Hour, Jones recounted the events that led to him being pulled over.
“I am driving and following the law doing what I can to stay out of trouble. I’m driving up the street, coming back from dinner. I pull up to the red light and there are these fans that are rolling down their window and trying to get me to roll down my window.
I wasn’t really in the mood to talk, so I rev up my engine at them and they start clapping and smiling and they are happy. The light turns green and I start driving away. I literally get pulled over, like I don’t know, 10 yards after driving. I get pulled over in a 35 mile per hour zone and the officer tells me I was drag racing” via MMA Hour
Jones has a history of driving offences. In April 2015 he was stripped of his belt following a felony hit and run charge. On January 31st this year, he was caught driving without insurance, a license or registration papers. The alleged drag racing incident came in the wake of Jones receiving a 90 day deferred sentence for this offence.
‘Bones’ denies any involvement in drag racing. The body cam footage from the officer involved was released last week by TMZ Sport. Jones engages in a heated argument with the officer in question accusing him of being a “fucking liar”. Jones goes on to call the officer a “pig”. Jones appeared in court yesterday and was released after accepting further bail conditions. Upon his release, the UFC confirmed that UFC 197, Jones vs Cormier will go ahead.
This week UFC president Dana White commented on Jones’ conduct during the traffic stop. White has been an outspoken fan of Jones and appeared alongside the former champion in court earlier this year. Speaking to TMZ Sport yesterday White had some strong words and advice for the troubled great.
“When I get pulled over by the police, I am the most polite human being you ever met in your life.”
This is firm advice from a man who is also prone to angry outbursts. White goes on to say that there is simply “no upside” to talking back to law enforcement officials.
“It’s the dumbest thing you can ever do, especially if you’re in Jon Jones’ position.”
Jones has long been a divisive figure within the UFC, with a litany of controversies behind him.
Earlier in his career he was disqualified from his bout with Matt Hamill for illegal use of the elbow. This result, which White has since said should have been a no contest, is the only loss on Jones’ record.
UFC 151, which was due to take place on September 1st 2012 was cancelled due to Jones’ refusal to fight Chael Sonnen. Sonnen had come in as a late replacement for Dan Henderson. It remains the only UFC event ever to be cancelled. White admonished Jones in the aftermath calling it: “one of the most selfish, disgusting decisions that doesn’t just affect you. This is affecting 16 other lives, their families, kids are going back to school.”
Jones has also been criticised for repeatedly poking his opponents eyes during fights.
White addressed Jones’ behaviour in the interview, saying:
“I don’t think Jon Jones is ever going to be the Jon Jones that people expect him to be. Jon is gonna do Jon. I think that Jon tried so hard to play the good guy for so long, it drove him crazy. And Jon is just gonna be Jon now.”
If eye poking, homophobic slurs and a catalogue of road traffic offences are “good guy” Jon Jones, then White should expect yet more controversy.