Jon Jones has entered a guilty plea to a charge of driving while intoxicated.
He appeared in Binghamton City Court, New York today to answer the misdemeanour charge, which stemmed from his being arrested after crashing his 2012 Bentley into a street pole at 5am on May 19.
The judge immediately informed him that his license to drive in New York state - and by extension, the US as a whole - is suspended.
Jones was told he will need to undergo an alcohol abuse and dependency evaluation prior to his full sentence being imposed.
According to the plea-bargain arrangement, the sentence will consist of a fine and a conditional discharge, Jones’ lawyer stated.
Two traffic violations - one for an improper turn and one for deviating from a direct course - were dismissed.
The incident is the first blemish on Jones’ otherwise stellar, and still fledgling, professional career. He is the youngest UFC champion ever and has been demolishing all opposition put in front of him, including legends such as Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
His next fight will be against another legend, Dan Henderson. They are due to compete at UFC 151 later this year and the bout is going ahead regardless of Jones’ current tribulations, UFC president Dana White confirmed at the weekend.
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