Jon Jones Officially Stripped Of UFC Title & Suspended “Indefinitely”, Daniel Cormier To Face Anthony Johnson In His Place For UFC 187

The UFC has officially stripped Jon Jones of his light heavyweight title, as well as suspending the 27-year-old indefinitely due to his his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run accident this Sunday in New Mexico.

UFC President Dana White announced the news on tonight’s edition of “FOX Sports Live.” White said he met with Jones and his attorney in Albuquerque, where Jones lives and trains at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA.

“He didn’t say a lot. Obviously, he’s got to handle his legal proceedings. His lawyer didn’t say much. We basically went in there – what we wanted to find out was what the facts were. A lot of things are being said out there about what happened that day. A lot of them are untrue. A lot of them are speculation, and we wanted to hear Jon’s side of the story, and we wanted to hear what his lawyer had to say about it. Obviously he’s very disappointed. He’s upset. He wanted to go down as one of the greats, or the greatest ever. He’s disappointed, but it is what it is. It’s the decision we had to make.”

The victim of the hit and run was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. But after medical examination, police confirmed the woman suffered a broken arm, and according to police spokesperson that elevated the charge to a felony.

Jones’ charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail as well as fines. A misdemeanor sentance holds only up to one year in jail.

White continued:

“Obviously we have a guy like Jon Jones who has defended his title as many times as he has – and for us to go in and have to strip him of his title and suspend him, it’s not fun, But as they say, the show goes on. Anthony Johnson is ready for this fight, and Daniel Cormier was beyond pumped to get this opportunity. What makes it even easier is Cormier is the type of guy that, as soon as he heard it, he said, ‘I’m ready. Put me in. I want this opportunity. I’m your guy.’ He was blowing me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) up from the moment he heard about this. I don’t know what’s going to happen, We have suspended him indefinitely. Obviously he needs to focus on his legal matters right now and, I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.”

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