Jon Jones Reinstated by UFC; Return Date Forthcoming

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 03:  UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones speaks to the media during the UFC 182 post fight press conference inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Written by @NickRiznerMMA

After nearly a year out of action due to a hit-and-run incident in Albequerque, New Mexico, pound-for-pound king Jon Jones has officially been reinstated by the UFC.

Jones, who last fought on January 3rd, at UFC 182, was arrested on April 27th for a hit-in-run incident in which he injured a pregnant woman and fled the scene of the accident. The police found documentation proving that Jones was the owner of the vehicle, and he later plead guilty to ‘leaving the scene of an accident’ on September 29th.

For his crime, he was handed an 18 month probationary sentence, during which time he must make several charitable appearance speaking to children, while avoiding any future incidents. Following suit, the UFC has decided to reinstate Jones, and have entered discussions with the former light heavyweight champion concerning the date of his return.

Jon Jones holds a 21-1 record, with his lone loss coming via controversial disqualification back in 2009. By all accounts, he is unbeaten in his pro career and widely considered to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. Prior to vacating his belt due to suspension, Jones earned his 8th consecutive title defense against current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.

It’s safe to assume that his return fight will be against Cormier in a grudge match for the ages, but the date is still up in the air. We will keep you posted on further updates, as they develop.

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