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Watch: Jon Jones Says He Is Determined To Save The UFC 197 Main Event

It has been a crazy few days for Jon Jones.

On Thursday, March 24th the former UFC light-heavyweight champion was pulled over following an alleged drag racing incident and given five citations for a variety of traffic violations. While the officer was in the process of issuing these tickets, Jones launched into an expletive laden rant that would later grab headlines the world over when footage caught by the policeman’s bodycam was released.

Given that Jones was on probation due to his involvement in a hit-and-run incident last year that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm, many expected that the fighter would be arrested and that his highly-anticipated UFC 197 bout with Daniel Cormier would be in jeopardy.

Sure enough, a few days later, a judge put out a warrant for his arrest.

At 10 a.m on Tuesday morning the fighter turned himself in to Albuquerque police.

He spent several days in jail, before being released on Thursday following a hearing at which a judge set new, more stringent terms for his probation. Fight fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Alas, their jubilation was to be short-lived.

One day later, the news broke that his bitter rival, Cormier, had been forced to withdraw from their April 23rd engagement with an injury.

Cliche or not, it’s fair to say that this has been something of a rollercoaster weeks for Jones and MMA fans alike.

But it appears that the ride isn’t over just yet, as Jones took to social media earlier today to let the UFC and it’s fans know that he was determined to save the UFC 197 card.

“UFC whether you got a heavyweight, light-heavyweight it doesn’t matter, let’s keep this main event going,” send Jones in a short video clip.

I figured this would put a few smiles on some faces today @UFC

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on

Given that he hasn’t competed since January of last year, when he beat Cormier via unanimous decision, it’s hardly surprising that Jones is seeking a short-notice bout.

In the time since Jones’ video hit the web, there has been a number of murmurings regarding who might step in. According to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting, the fighter’s PR representative claimed that Anthony Johnson would be stepping in.

But later reports indicate otherwise.

Another name thrown out by Helwani was that of dangerous 205-pounder Ovince St. Preux.

Regardless of who steps in to fill the void, it looks like UFC 197 will still be headlined by the return of the former pound-for-pound king.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.