Jon Jones Reinstated By The UFC
Nearly six months after being suspended indefinitely, Jon Jones is has been cleared by the UFC to return to the Octagon.
The UFC announced Friday (Oct. 23) that it has lifted an indefinite suspension placed on the former light heavyweight champion in late April... following a hit-and-run arrest in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Following the arrest, the UFC suspended Jones and stripped him of his title.
He would plead guilty to the charges, and has been given 18 months of supervised probation and avoided jail time.
"We've made it clear to Jon that this new opportunity to compete in UFC is a privilege and not a right, and that there are significant expectations we have regarding his conduct moving forward," UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said in a statement. "We're happy to read and see reports that he has embraced the terms of his plea agreement and is using this experience to grow and develop as a person."
Jones took to Facebook to respond to the news, expressing gratitude.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to resume my career and I am excited to show how much I've grown as a person outside of the octagon. It took me losing almost everything I had worked for to realize how much I had. I am blessed and humbled by the continued support of the MMA community and I can't thank my fans enough for their unwavering support through my ups and downs. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life and my career and let me assure you, the best is yet to come," he said.
Jones (21-1) is expected to challenge current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (17-1) -- who he defeated in January at UFC 182.
Cormier claimed the vacant light heavyweight belt by submitting Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in May.