Holding a title in the UFC takes some hard work and dedication. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, the youngest champion in UFC history, has defended his title eight times since March 2011. He’s set to defend his title again at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas against Anthony Johnson, but that could all change. On April 26, Jones allegedly had another run in with the law, as well as a few cars.
ESPN reported on Monday, April 27, that a man involved in a hit-and-run crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sunday, was identified as the UFC champion. Jones is said to have fled the scene of the accident. Authorities have listed Jones as the lead suspect and are looking to speak with him.
The police report states that the accident occurred when the driver of a Silver SUV ran a red light and hit oncoming traffic. A pregnant 25-year-old woman, who was in a car involved in the crash, was sent to the hospital for “precautionary reasons.”
Witnesses said that a man matching Jones’ description was driving the SUV and fled the vehicle after the collision. The driver then returned to the crashed SUV to grab a “large handful of cash” and left again. After the driver hopped a fence, police officers were not able to find him. An off-duty police officer later identified Jones as being the person implicated in the accident.
Albuquerque PD spokesman Tanner Tixier confirmed that the silver SUV was a rental car and a marijuana pipe and marijuana were found in the vehicle. Officers also found paperwork belonging to Jones in the vehicle.
Authorities have been trying to reach Jones at his home, but have not been able to get in touch with him. TMZ reports that a warrant for Jones’ arrest is being worked on.
UFC released a statement Sunday night which stated, “We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”
This isn’t the first time Jones has been on the wrong side of the law. In May 2012, he was arrested after he crashed his car into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York, on suspicion of driving under the influence. He avoided jail time by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge.
In December, while training to face off against Daniel Cormier, he tested positive for metabolites of cocaine. Luckily for Jones the drug test was thrown out because it was “conducted out of competition.”
Another Albuquerque PD spokesman, Simon Drobik, said Jones could be facing a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge and would be responsible for all damages done in the crash. But, so far, no charges have been made against Jones. “We are currently following up with the victim to check on her health status,” Tixier said. “We need to confirm the severity of the injuries before we file charges.”