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Local MMA Fighter Reacts to Jon "Bones" Jones Downfall

Endicott Native Jon "Bones" Jones is now the former UFC light heavyweight champion after the fighting organization stripped Jones of his championship belt.

This comes after Jones' arrest on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries following a three-car crash Sunday. Jones offered his first public response on twitter - saying, "Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I've let down."

Now local MMA fighters are sharing their thoughts.

Tamdan McRory Bellator MMA fighter said, "But the biggest thing is that it's unfortunate because when you have a champion of this caliber you don't want to see him defeated by his own poor decision making you'd rather see him in the ring and either be the best he can be or be bested in the ring. And now that they're taking the title away from him than you're kind of just having a measure of who's second best."
"I never really looked up to him because I had two different role models,
Tamdan McRory "The Barn Cat" and Ronda Rousey. I think it's sad how he did all of this, but I hope he can recover and recover from his challenges," said B.C. Martial Arts Academy student Hailey Burrows.

Jones has been suspended indefinitely. He was scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson for the belt at UFC 187 May 23 in Las Vegas.