UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones ran from a crash on Sunday that left a pregnant woman hospitalized. The talented fighter did come back to the scene to grab “a large handful of cash” from the car, witnesses say.
According to police, the accident occurred in southeastern Albuquerque when the driver of a rental Silver SUV ran a red light. The driver was none other than the champ, who was recognized by an off duty officer in the area, he ran from the scene but then came back to grab the cash in his car before leaving again, police said.
“Witnesses stated he shoved the cash into his pants and ran north,” the report said
Albuquerque’s police is searching for Jones at the moment, who’s wanted for questioning, but has not been found. No charges have been filed.
The woman driving the other vehicle is ok and only came out with minor injuries. The police searched the car and found a pipe with marijuana as well as MMA and rental car documents in Jones’ name. The authorities have been unable to reach the fighter or his lawyer.
The champ’s agent, Malki Kawa, did not respond to the emails sent from the Associated Press.
Jones (21-1) is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas in less than a month. The fight is one of the biggest this year. “We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available,” the UFC said in a statement.
Three years ago, Jones was arrested after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York. He got off easy with no jail time, but had his driver’s license suspended after being charged with DWI.
Last year, the fighter was involved in a brawl with Daniel Cormier at the lobby of the MGM Grand casino while appearing at a promotional event. He was fined a whopping 50,000 and ordered to do community service by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Failed Drug Test
At the end of last year, Jones tested positive for metabolites of cocaine while training for his match. Jones was allowed to fight because the test was done out of competition, and he ended up beating Cormier at UFC 182.
When the failed drug test was revealed to the public, Jones came out and apologized for a “mistake,” but spent just one day in a drug rehabilitation center before leaving. The talented but troubled fighter has defended his belt eight times since becoming the youngest champion in UFC history four years ago.
Jones is a native of upstate New York, but is currently residing in New Mexico and is being trained by Greg Jackson. The family has been born with talent because he has two brothers who play in the National Football League.
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