Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is making headlines in the news once again for legal issues. Denise White, a representative for Jon Jones told MMA Junkie that Jones was speeding on January 31, 2016 and was issued a citation.
“He will be in traffic court on Wednesday like everyone else that gets a speeding ticket,“ White wrote in an email to MMAjunkie. “Nothing to read into here but he was speeding. He is fully licensed and insured.”
However, KRQE News 13 reports that Jones was driving without a license, registration and insurance, and cited by a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The UFC recently announced Jones’ next fight in the UFC against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The fight is set to take place on April 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This will be Jones’ first fight since being stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title and suspended from the UFC after legal troubles involving a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico last year.
Jones’ alleged traffic citation could potentially be a bigger issue as he is still on an 18-month probation term for a plea agreement from the hit-and-run incident.
MMA Junkie also reported that the Albuquerque district attorney’s office and UFC officials said they are looking into the issue.
“Our office has the discretion to pursue a revocation of probation if an alleged incident arises to the level of a substantial violation of probation,” wrote Kayla Anderson, public information officer for Albuquerque’s second judicial district attorney’s office. “Our office makes that determination after we have examined all the facts surrounding the incident. As of today, we do not have enough information about the Jan. 31 incident to make that determination, but we will examine the matter.”
Jones has said he has turned a new leaf since being suspended by the UFC and has been doing mandatory public speaking and appearances in agreement with his probation.