Jon Jones takes plea deal in drag-racing case

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 12.08.2016 11:07h Author:

Jon Jones

According to, Jon Jones has taken a plea deal in his drag-racing case.

The UFC star pleaded guilty to unlawful use of modification of exhaust systems and improper display of registration plate in Albuquerque (N.M.) Metropolitan Court on Thursday morning. The other charges, unlawful drag racing, unlawful exhibition driving and failure to maintain traffic lane, were thrown out.

Jones was given a 90-day deferred sentence. In that period, he must complete aggressive driving school, comply with any previous driving restrictions, complete 60 hours of community service and pay a fine of $143. He must not violate any laws in that time.

Jones already has 51 hours of community service completed from a probation violation in March in relation to the drag-racing charges. During that hearing, a judge ordered Jones attend anger management and driver improvement courses and do 60 hours of community service. He also needs approval from his probation officer every time he wants to drive.

The former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion was pulled over March 24 by Albuquerque Police Department officer Jason Brown. Jones can be seen vehemently denying he was drag racing on Brown’s body cam video. The confrontation got heated with Jones calling Brown a “f*cking liar” and a “pig.” Brown responded with snark.

Things are complicated for Jones when it comes to the UFC right now as well. He tested positive for two anti-estrogen agents, clomiphene and letrozole, before UFC 200 and was pulled from the main event title fight with Daniel Cormier three days before the big card.