Hardened criminal Jon Jones stood before a judge in New Mexico today, clad in an orange jumpsuit and looking every bit like a man who’d spent the last day or two in jail, and the MMA world held its collective breath. Would the former champ and scheduled headliner for UFC 197 be cast down into the well of incarceration for probation violations? Or would he be set free?
Apparently, the judge took pity on Jones and set him free.
As per MMAFighting:
The UFC star admitted to a probation violation at his hearing in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court on Thursday and had new provisions added to his existing probation. Jones agreed to attend anger management and driver improvement courses as well as do 60 more hours of community service within three months.
Judge Michael E. Martinez added that Jones must get approval from his probation officer every time he wants to drive. Martinez told Jones at the conclusion of the hearing that if he is back in that court before the end of his probation, “it won’t go well” for him.
The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office wanted the judge to impose a nightly curfew on Jones from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., but Martinez declined that provision. That was the only added condition of probation that Jones’ team fought.
This is good news for those of us who want to see him face Cormier in a few weeks, but what are the chances Jones messes up yet again and winds up in jail for the long haul?