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Jones suspended, title stripped

To most of the Twitter world, the news of Endicott native Jon "Bones" Jones being suspended indefinitely and having his UFC light heavyweight title stripped, wasn't the biggest surprise, yet it still sent shockwaves through the UFC community. Regularly referred to as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and quickly becoming the sports most popular, if not polarizing figure, Jones' recent legal troubles have cost him more than just $2,500 in bail money.

Jones was arrested late Sunday night in Albuquerque, NM as the lead suspect in a hit-and-run accident that sent a pregnant woman in her 20s to the hospital with a broken arm. That injury upgraded the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Jones was released from custody after posting bail and released on continued bond with travel restrictions removed following his first court hearing Monday night. At the time, it looked like the now former champ would be able to compete in his scheduled May 23rd fight in UFC 187 against Anthony Johnson in Las Vegas.

Just a few hours later however, UFC President Dana White announced that Jones has been suspended indefinitely from UFC and his light heavyweight title has been stripped. Moments later, Reebok dropped its sponsorship of Jones, just eight months after Nike did the same.

With the suspension, naturally, comes his removal from UFC 187. White announced that Daniel Cormier, who Jones recently defeated to defend his title, will fight Johnson for the new light heavyweight title.

This is not the first legal trouble Jones has faced, but easily the most costly. Just this past January, Jones tested positive for cocaine prompting a one day stint in a drug rehabilitation center. In May 2012 he pleaded down from a felony DWI to a misdemeanor after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton.

When asked if Jones will ever fight in UFC again, White said "I don't know, we'll see."