Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones avoided jail time earlier today (Tues., Sept. 29, 2015), as an Albuquerque judge sentenced "Bones" to probation (details) for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident last April.
Music to Daniel Cormier's ears, as the current 205-pound kingpin tells MMA Fighting that he hopes to get a much-desired rematch against "Bones" after disposing of Alexander Gustafsson at this weekend's (Sat., Oct. 3, 2015) UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Houston, Texas.
"When this incident happened, the thought wasn't really that Jon was going to serve jail time. The hope was that there would be some sort of punishment for his actions, and that was the punishment levied by the judicial system. The system is in place for a reason, so we have to all agree that it's fair. Jon is not getting off scot-free. He will now be able to help young children and talk to them so that they don't make mistakes like he has over the course of his life. Hopefully on the other side he becomes a better person and he gets back to doing what he does best, and that's fighting. I would love to fight him. I have to get by Alexander Gustafsson first, and then we'll see what happens. But yeah, I would love for it to be Jon Jones next."
Jones released an official statement and admits he's still working on bettering himself as person before he thinks about stepping foot back inside the Octagon. Plus, UFC revealed that it would be reviewing the agreement and details of his probation before ultimately making a decision regarding his fighting future.
With no timetable in place for Jon's return, Cormier -- as well as the rest of the division -- will keep chugging along.
And you can bet "The Mauler" will do his best to earn himself a rematch against Jones, as well, by getting a win over "DC" this Saturday night in "H-Town."