Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and kingpin of the 205 pound division Jon “Bones” Jones (21-1) was reinstated today by the UFC. this put a halt to his six-month suspension after he was arrested in April for his part in a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico.
The UFC released this official statement on the matter but no word or inkling given on when his official return to the octagon will be.
“We’ve made it clear to Jon that this new opportunity to compete in UFC is a privilege and not a right, and that there are significant expectations we have regarding his conduct moving forward,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “We’re happy to read and see reports that he has embraced the terms of his plea agreement and is using this experience to grow and develop as a person.”
Jones was placed on an indefinite suspension after he was arrested in connection with the accident. He was then stripped of his light heavyweight title as part of the punishment handed down by the UFC.
Daniel Cormier would go on to win the strap by defeating Anthony “Rumble” Johnson then defended against Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson in Jones’ absence as the former champion dealt with legal issues surrounding his case.
Jon Jones had this to say about his reinstatement:
“I am thankful to be able to do what I love once again and I look forward to proving myself as a champion in and outside of the Octagon,” Jones said in a statement.
Jones has had only one loss in his professional career, a highly controversial disqualification due to illegal elbow strikes to Matt Hamill at the Ultimate Fighter Finale 10.