On Monday night, whilst a guest on The MMA Hour, Jon Jones revealed that he had been pulled over by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday of last week and issued with several citations for traffic violations.
Jones denied that he had been involved in a drag race, as the issuing officer had alleged, but admitted that he had made some regretful comments during the incident.
Shortly after Jones made the admission, bodycam footage filmed at the scene began to emerge. First TMZ released a short clip in which Jones could be heard verbally abusing the policeman in question, before the Albuquerque Police Department released footage of the entire incident.
Given that Jones is in the middle of an 18 month period of probation stemming from his involvement in a hit-and-run incident last April, there were concerns that the former UFC light-heavyweight champion might be arrested only weeks ahead of his massive UFC 197 showdown with bitter rival Daniel Cormier.
According to a report published by the aforementioned TMZ earlier this evening, a warrant was indeed issued for the fighter’s arrest in the aftermath of this latest unsavoury episode. Jones was subsequently arrested upon turning himself into the police at 10 a.m on Tuesday morning.
The UFC have since released the following statement acknowledging Jones’ arrest.
“UFC is aware that Jon Jones turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department this morning for a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week.
UFC has been in touch with Jones’ legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has had appropriate time to gather necessary information”.