UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was
Tuesday fined $1,000 at his sentencing hearing for driving while
intoxicated, according to a report from the Ithaca Journal.
Jones, 25, will also reportedly need to complete a victim impact
panel in the next 90 days and will have his driving license
suspended for six months. Additionally, the champ must install
ignition interlock devices in all of his vehicles, according to the
Today marked the third time Jones appeared in Binghamton City Court
for sentencing, as his previous two hearings were postponed,
reportedly in order for Jones to complete a required alcohol abuse
and dependency evaluation.
Jones was arrested May 19 on suspicion of DWI after driving his
Bentley into a utility pole in Binghamton, N.Y. The fighter pleaded
guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge on May 29, striking a deal with
the Broome County District Attorney’s office that called for Jones
to complete the aforementioned evaluation and for his license to be
suspended. An additional two-point infraction for an improper turn
was dismissed as a result of the plea bargain.
Widely regarded as one of MMA’s top talents, Jones was impressive
in 2011, submitting “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader
before running through Mauricio Rua
to capture the UFC light heavyweight title. “Bones” defended his
belt twice to close out last year, choking out former champions
Jackson and Lyoto
Machida before outpointing former training partner Rashad
Evans at UFC 145 in April.
Jones will next compete against onetime Strikeforce champion
Henderson, defending the title against the 41-year-old veteran
on Sept. 1 at UFC