Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was back in front of the judge today (July 3, 2012) in New York's Binghamton City Court, the same place that saw the 24-year-old fight phenom plead guilty to driving while intoxicated (DWI) back in June.
"Bones" was granted another postponement of his sentencing after requesting more time to complete his drug and alcohol abuse program, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, and will now have until July 31 to get his affairs in order.
According to the report, Jones likely faces a "one-year conditional discharge as well as a fine of up to $1,500 and will be required to install ignition interlock devices in his vehicles, pay restitution for damage, undergo a substance dependency evaluation and attend a victim impact class."
Jones was arrested in the wee hours of May 26 after crashing his Bentley into a utility pole and was also slapped with a pair of moving violations including "improper turn" and "deviating from a direct course."
Under the terms of his plea deal, those additional charges were dismissed.
The 205-pound champion is required to complete an alcohol abuse and dependency assessment before sentencing, which he has yet to complete, but is still expected to defend his 205-pound strap against at the pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 1.
That only leaves about a month between sentencing and fighting.
With any luck, Jones -- as well as the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community -- can soon put this ugly incident to bed and get back to the business of cage fighting. Who else is ready to move on?
To get all the details and background on Jones' recent DWI arrest click here.