Earlier today the verdict was released on Jon Jones and Twitter among other social media outlets all responded to weigh in on their opinions of the matter. Most agree that the judge was incredibly soft on the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and just recently the promotion sent out their own message concerning the matter:
The UFC released an official statement.
“The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.
More information will be made available following completion of this review.”
After this statement was released Jon Jones and his management offered their own thoughts. Jones basically apologized and made sure to let everyone involved know that he is working on making himself a better person.
Jones too released an official statement, via EAG Sports Management.
“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.”
Jones was stripped of his title, which was eventually earned by Daniel Cormier (16-1). Cormier will fight Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) in in the main event of UFC 192 this Saturday Night live on pay-per-view.