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Jon Jones update: Judge assigned as 'Bones' leans toward plea deal for hit-and-run

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Sounds like Jon Jones may have gotten an offer he can't refuse.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder -- suspended indefinitely in the wake of last April's charges of felony hit-and-run -- will avoid a grand jury now that his case has been assigned a judge and positioned for a possible plea deal.

From MMA Fighting:

Jones' case was transferred from Metropolitan Court in Albuquerque, N.M., to Second Judicial District Court and assigned to judge Charles Brown on Monday, according to documents obtained by MMA Fighting. The judicial assignment document reads that the case is coming to Brown's court "on the stipulation of the parties for the entry of a pre-indictment plea."

I'm sure that makes Daniel Cormier happy.

That said, it doesn't mean Jones is guaranteed to make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) anytime soon (unless this prediction comes true). The former pound-for-pound great still has to wait to see what the judge makes of his agreement with prosecutors and we don't yet know how (or if) his sentence affects his ability to apply for a license to fight.

Or what civil penalties hang in the balance.

The good news is, we should know more about his fighting future in the coming weeks, if not days.