Jon Jones Glad To "Put Incident Behind Him"

Published on September 30th, 2015 1:53 am EST

Earlier today, a judge sentenced former Light Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones to 18 months of supervised probation after he pled guilty to a hit-and-run that took place in New Mexico in April of this year.

With UFC President Dana White in attendance, Jones apologized to the lady that he injured in the April incident, as well as the officers that were on the scene, the fans of the UFC, the UFC itself and his family. The judge in the case stated that Jones got "real lucky" in that the victim of the hit-and-run, Vanessa Sonnenberg, only suffered a broken arm in the incident. Sonnenberg, who was pregnant at the time of the accident, didn't suffer any lasting injuries.

With his guilty plea earlier today, the focus for Jones will now shift towards being re-instated by the UFC. According to the UFC, their lawyers are going to look at the terms of the plea deal before the organization decides whether or not to re-instate the former Light Heavyweight champion. Considering that Jones is one of the promotion's biggest draws, you can safely assume that Jones will be returning to the fold sooner rather than later.

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After Jones was arrested in April, the UFC decided to indefinitely suspend Jones and strip him of his title. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson ended up fighting Daniel Cormier for the title, with Cormier winning via second round submission.

Daniel Cormier will be looking to make his first title defense this weekend when he takes on Alexander Gustafsson. There is a very good chance that the winner of this fight may end up taking on Jon "Bones" Jones in 2016, perhaps at the UFC's big Super Bowl weekend card. According to reports, Jones has been remaining active in training and shouldn't be out of commission for too long if the UFC decides to re-instate him.

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The return of Jon "Bones" Jones to the UFC in 2016 (which is likely what will happen) should be one of the promotion's biggest story lines of the year. The eventual return of Jones to the promotion will likely result in some very, very big numbers for the UFC - let's not forget that up until recently, Jones was the UFC's biggest draw.


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