Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones accepted a plea deal today in a New Mexico courtroom, and will receive up to 18 months probation.
Jones, who turned himself in to police following a three-car accident in Albuquerque back in April, will avoid any jail time in return for his guilty plea to a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.
The 28 year old New York native was 21-1 in his MMA career at the time of the incident, which is said to have been caused by the fighter running a red light.The crash left one of the drivers, a pregnant woman, with a broken arm.
The UFC suspended Jones indefinitely, and stripped him of his 205 lb title. That belt is now held by Daniel Cormier, who will next defend against Alexander Gustafsson this Saturday.
Judge Charles W Brown accepted the plea, while warning Jones: “Mr. Jones, you got real lucky.”
Jones also entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor DWI in 2012.
Jones released a statement today following the ruling:
“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I am not sure what the future holds for me, but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.”