UPDATE: MMAWeekly.com has amended its initial report below, indicating that Jones was involved in an accident but the fight against Johnson has not been canceled at this time. Stay tuned.
We can confirm Jones in accident. Fight has not been cancelled. Solid source initially said it was but retracted after report went public.— Ken Pishna (@KenPishna) April 27, 2015
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones' upcoming showdown against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187, which takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, next month (May 23, 2015), has been canceled.
MMAWeekly.com reported that "Bones" was forced out for undisclosed reasons. However, social media erupted earlier this evening with wild (and irresponsible) speculation that Jones was involved in a hit-and-run car crash and is in custody of local Albuquerque, N.M., authorities after initially fleeing the scene.
No legitimate sources have confirmed a Jones accident at this time.
We CANNOT confirm that Jon Jones was involved in a H&R traffic accident from this morning. The investigation is ongoing.— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) April 26, 2015
In addition, UFC has not confirmed that the fight between Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson is canceled or postponed at this time, either.
Chael Sonnen, though, confirmed it LAST MONTH.
With Jones unable to compete, the Middleweight match up between division champion, Chris Weidman, against Vitor Belfort will likely be promoted to main event status. The Lightweight No. 1 contender eliminator match between Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov would naturally then slide into the pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event.
To check out the latest UFC 187 fight card and rumors click here. We will also pass along any updates on Jones and his developing situation/condition as soon as we learn more about what's going on.