UFC "disappointed" by Jon Jones arrest but title fight will go ahead

Jones is still expected to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 197

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Despite his arrest and briefly finding himself in prison earlier this week, Jon Jones' UFC light-heavyweight title fight with Daniel Cormier is to go ahead later this month.

The former champion was arrested earlier this week for breaking parole terms after being pulled over by a police officer last week for allegedly drag-racing last week. The parole terms followed Jones' arrest, and being found last year for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run collision almost 12 months ago.

Jones was stripped of his UFC title as a result of the court case. The 28-year-old has not fought since beating Cormier in January 2015. In a statement released on Thursday night, the UFC revealed that the title fight between the two men will go ahead as planned on April 23rd.

"UFC respects the decision made today by Judge Michael E. Martinez in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court regarding the probation terms of the case involving Jon Jones.

The organization was disappointed to learn that Jones was cited for several traffic offenses last week, as well as concerned by the nature and tone of portions of the conversation between Jones and the citing officer.

Still, UFC respects Jones' right to contest those traffic citations in court and receive a fair hearing on the matter. 

Jones' scheduled bout on April 23 will proceed as planned, however, Jones understands that the UFC expects him to fully cooperate with the terms of his probation as set forth by Judge Martinez."