Jon Jones currently finds himself in very, very hot water after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident yesterday (Sun., April 26, 2016) in Albuquerque, N.M., which left a pregnant woman hospitalized with a broken arm (full details here.)
And seeing as how there are plenty of witnesses -- including one off duty police officer -- who identified "Bones" as the man who was running up a hill away from the vacated vehicle, which also contained a marijuana-filled pipe, as he stuffed a pile of cash in his pocket.
Indeed, the current situation for the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion looks bleak.
And while the mixed martial arts (MMA) world waits to see just what local authorities plan to do with Jones once he either turns himself in or is apprehended, others are just as eager to see what his employers over at ZUFFA plan on doing with the embattled champ.
If it were up to former UFC fighter Kenny Florian, he would strip Jones of his title and fine him a good chunk of change. Also, if the allegations turn out to be true, "Ken-Flo" declared on Fox Sports 1's America's Pregame that Jones should not be allowed to compete at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Anthony Johnson (read "Rumble's reaction here).
Florian laid out his case:
"It certainly doesn't look good. Obviously, you talk about the problem with his image right now and it's not good. This is a guy who is representing the whole organization. This is the best combat fighter in sports right now. This is the best fighter on the planet. It does not look good for him. He has so much talent but there is a lot of immaturity with that talent. I think cutting him from the UFC may be a bit harsh. I have a little bit of compassion. It seems like, if this is true, there is some kind of problem going on. He needs help and it needs to be legitimate help, not getting away for 24 hours. He needs to go out and get help. I think stripping him of the title is appropriate. Of course, if these allegations are true. I think cutting him may be a little bit harsh. I would be for stripping him of the title and getting him to realize that there are repercussions. If you screw up, there are repercussions and a possible fine. He was supposed to face Anthony Johnson, and I think that is the other repercussion; I don't think he should -- if this is true -- I don't think he should be allowed to fight Anthony Johnson. He needs to go and get help. I think UFC is probably, more likely, looking to find a replacement for Jon Jones at this point. I think that is going to happen if these allegations are true."
The immaturity Florian referred to has been on full display in the past.
Prior to his showdown against Daniel Cormierat UFC 182 earlier this year, Jones failed an failed an out-of-competition drug test for cocaine. A few years before that, Jones was arrested for driving under the influence after he totaled his Bentley with a light pole (details).
Still, despite those incidents, UFC has backed Jones 100 percent. But, after his latest boo-boo, it's uncertain whether or not the promotion will continue to have the back of one if its brightest stars.
Listen to Florian lay it down, in the embedded tweet below:
"He needs help. Stripping him of the title is appropriate." -- @kennyflorian on Jon Jones (via @AmericasPregame) https://t.co/ZYxNssXRQv— FOX Sports 1 (@FOXSports1) April 27, 2015
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