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Jon Jones Pleads Not Guilty To Traffic Violations, Court Date Set For After UFC 197

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones waits in a timeout as he defends his title against Daniel Cormier during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones retained his title by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has officially pleaded not guilty to five traffic violations he received in late March and is still clear to fight at UFC 197 later this month.

Jones was pulled over by the authorities while driving in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who accused the fighter of drag racing, having an illegible licence plate, driving in the wrong lane, having a modified exhaust and exhibitionist driving.

Jones was then arrested for violating the terms of his probation, spending a small period of time in jail before facing a hearing that updated his probation to include 60 hours of community service and anger management classes.

Camille Cordova, spokesperson on behalf of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, confirmed (via MMA Fighting) the not guilty plea and that Jones is not needed back in court until May 11th, leaving him clear to fight at UFC 197 on April 23rd.

Following the withdrawal of Daniel Cormier due to injury, Jones will face Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light-heavyweight championship at UFC 197. The co-main event will feature a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo.

UFC 197 takes place on April 23rd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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